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Organ Donation Week Highlights Opportunity to Give Gift of Life

14/09/2017

Organ Donation Week starts on 4 September Dr Lisa Cameron MP is urging local residents to show their support by joining the Organ Donor Register.

Dr Cameron said,

“Organ donation is a fundamental part of the NHS saving lives. It’s not something we like to really think about but in the worst case scenario, being an organ donor give us the opportunity to save someone else’s life.”

Among those who have already benefited is Lanarkshire man Gordon Hutchison, the face of the national ‘We Need Everybody’ campaign, which originally aired last year and is now back on our TV screens.

Gordon, from East Kilbride, underwent a transplant aged just 13 after being born with a congenital heart defect. He stripped off for the TV advert to reveal his transplant scar on screen, delivering the message that organ donation saves lives, as someone who knows first-hand.

Gordon said: “Because of my donor, I was able to grow into a teenager, play football, pass my driving test, get my first job and get married – things I’m grateful for every day.”

Across Scotland, there are 4,345 people currently alive thanks to organ donors and their families.

As a nation, 45 per cent of people have already shared their decision to become an organ donor by joining the Register. However, there are still nearly 600 people waiting on a life-saving transplant.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit www.organdonationscotland.org.

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