1. Organ donation saves lives
At any given time there are between 400 and 500 people on the waiting list for a new, life saving organ. Organ donation is, for many, the only way out of a fatal disease. Since 1969 over 12,000 people in Norway have been saved by organ donation. One donor can save up to seven lives. Seven people with family, friends and colleagues. A saved life pleases many.
2. What comes around goes around
Would you say yes to a donated organ if it could save your life? Organ donation is based on volunteerism and altruism. The scheme wouldn’t work if no one said yes. Did you know that you are three-times more likely to need a lifesaving organ than you are to be an organ donor? If you are prepared to receive then you should be prepared to give.
3. Make the decision so that your family doesn’t have to
Every year many families experience one of their relatives being seriously injured in an accident or being affected by a cerebral haemorrhage or thrombosis. If organ donation is a possibility, the doctor will ask the next-of-kin what the deceased would have wanted. If the wishes of the deceased are not known, the next-of-kin can decide. For many families this can be a difficult decision. That’s why it is important to inform your next-of-kin so that they don’t have to make the decision on your behalf.