Changes To Organ Donation Means You Now Opt Out

Church issues guidelines for Catholics on organ donation following change in law

Church issues guidelines for Catholics on organ donation following change in law

Keira helped save the lives of four people, including Max who was also aged nine at the time, after her father allowed doctors to use her organs for transplants following the crash in 2017.

Around 5,300 transplant operations were made in Spain in 2019, with a level of 114 transplants and 48 organ donors per million inhabitants, the highest level in the world.

Max and Keira's Law - the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act, means all adults in England are considered as having agreed to donate their organs when they die unless they "opt out" or are in an excluded group.

Now, those aged 18 and over are deemed to have given consent to donate their own organs when they die.

Organ donation law changed this week in a bid to save and improve more lives.

English citizens are asked to record their organ donation decision on the NHS Donor Register and to tell their loved ones what they've decided.

The JHOD has been working in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant, the organisation responsible for organ donation across the United Kingdom, in developing videos and leaflets on the change in law from a Hindu and Jain perspective.

It is believed that this change in the law, named Max and Keira's law after a boy whose life was saved when he received the heart of a nine-year old girl who had passed away, will save around 700 lives each year.

"Ethnic minority patients have been more severely affected not just by the pandemic but also by the knock-on impact on organ donations and transplants".

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Very few people die in the circumstances where organ donation is possible and now, even fewer donations and transplants are taking place.

Specialist healthcare workers will decide in each individual case which organs and tissue are suitable for donation.

Who is exempt from the automatic enrolment?

I would urge everyone to do more research, read the information provided by the NHS, find out what different religions really say about organ donation and how different faiths and beliefs can be respected and accommodated by organ donation staff.

Having an illness or medical condition does not necessarily exempt you from becoming a donor.

The information makes it clear ... fatalities from vehicle accidents are the greatest solitary resource of body organs for transplant- 33% to be precise- according to the United Network For Organ Sharing, which runs the nation's organ transplant system.

There is no time limit for your decision meaning you are free to register your choice at any time. If the decision is not to donate, it will be honoured and upheld.

Modi also chairs the Jain and Hindu Organ Donation (JHOD) steering group, set up in 2018, to raise awareness among specific Indian communities.

It is said in England, 80% of adults say they would consider being an organ donor.

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