I remember watching a lot of TV shows when I was younger with my parents, observing what happened inside ambulances and hospitals, listening to the heartbreaking stories and having a lot of questions. When I was around nine or ten, I told my mum that I wanted to register to have my organs donated after I died, and she got extremely emotional and told me to wait until I was a little bit older to decide. Looking back, I totally understand why she got so upset.
I thought I’d write a blog post all about organ donating, the process behind it, what it means, and why I did it. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
What is organ donating?
It’s exactly as it sounds. Organ donating is when, after you die, your organs are removed from your body and donated to someone in desperate need of them, whether that’s your heart or even your eyes.
When did I register?
I registered to donate my organs about two years ago, a few months after I moved to university and started my journey into independence. I did a little more research around organ donating and decided that it was finally time to do it. I do HIGHLY recommend that you really think about it before doing it, though you can always change your mind later on, it’s worth researching and discussing it with your family and friends. There are a lot of stories online that you can read, and if you want, you can even contact your GP for further information.
Why did I register?
Organ donating is such a generous act and will allow you to help someone when they are at their most vulnerable, giving them a second chance at life. I always knew it was something I wanted to do. I love helping people and making them smile, and this is such a beautiful thing to do. It seems like the ultimate good deed. If we all registered to have our organs donated, it would save so many lives.
What was the procedure?
It was a simple procedure really. I registered on the NHS, filled out a few details and answered some questions, then was asked what organs I wanted to donate. This was something that surprised me but I really thought it was great to have the option to donate some of them if you aren’t comfortable donating them all. I was sent a card a few weeks later that I carry around in my purse.
I highly recommend that everyone who is capable of donating organs after they pass, i.e if you have a medical condition you may not be able to. I think it is such a kind thing to do and will give another person a second chance at life.