Organ Donation Week forever close to committee chair’s heart

Monday September 3, 2018

 

Organ Donation Week begins today with the theme ‘Words Save Lives – Tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation’.

Angela Fisher, the chair of the trust’s organ donation committee, has a personal bond to her role as her daughter Vicky passed away in 2005 of a brain haemorrhage when she was 39.

Vicky had told Angela that, if she died, she wanted her organs to be used to help someone else to live.

Angela honoured Vicky’s wish by donating both of her kidneys and her liver, and found that decision helped in the grieving process through knowing that someone else could live after her daughter’s death.

It has now been 13 years since Vicky’s passing and Angela has led the organ donation and transplant committee for the past 10.

Approximately one in three adults tell their family that they want to be an organ donor, and the transplant committee is keen to encourage more people to have that conversation during Organ Donation Week.

Angela said: “This has been a thoroughly rewarding position to see first-hand how people’s lives have been changed by receiving a transplant.

“Our own daughter was able to donate and as a result five people have benefited and been given the gift of life.

“As a family we are immensely proud of her and it’s in her memory that I undertake this role.”

Approximately one in three adults tell their family that they want to be an organ donor, and the transplant committee is keen to encourage more people to have that conversation during Organ Donation Week.

At the moment, it is possible to transplant a person’s kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and the small bowel. 

Angela said: “Each day three people die whilst waiting on the transplant list, so we want as many people as possible to sign up for organ donation – and don’t forget to tell your nearest and dearest of your wishes.”

There will be presentation stands in the Penguin Foyer in Worthing and in the Terrace Restaurant and main entrance at St Richard’s all week. There is also information about how to donate on the lifts.

Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. Share your decision with your friends and family, using the hashtag #YesIDonate and #WordsSaveLives

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