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Are you a registered organ/tissue donor?
Should it be an opt-out rather than opt-in system?

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#1 mum_mum

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:59 PM

And are you willing to give all or only some of your body?  My family wants my eyes to stay.

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#2 Lumikki

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:02 PM

Yes, I am and they can take everything they need.  I'm not entirely sure about an opt-out system, but I am annoyed that my next of kin is allowed to override my wishes. I don't think they should have that right when I've specified my wishes.

#3 #YKG

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:08 PM

My parents, sisters and myself are all organ donors and none of us would over ride the donation. I think when we filled out the forms it asked you to tick what you want to donate. I wont need my organs so am happy for them to go to someone that does need them.
ETA: I dont think an opt out system would work too well. If you have people that automatcially become organ donors but for religious or personal reasons as to why they dont want to donate but are unaware they are automatically donors then it would cause a world of issues.
It's not that hard to register, doing flyer drops of forms in every persons letter box similar to the census drops would propably reach a lot of people and maybe encourage more people to donate.

Edited by YellowKittyGlenn, 23 February 2012 - 10:12 PM.

#4 *LiMa*

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:09 PM

I fully support organ donation, and am quite happy for all of my organs to go to people who need them.  As hard as it would be, if I found myself in the situation where my child had passed away I would consent to donating their organs too.

My husband on the other hand flat out refuses to do it, but has no reason for this decision, just I don't want to.  As bad as it sounds, I would strongly consider going against this and donating them anyway if the situation arose.

As for the opt in / opt out system, I do feel that an opt out system would be better, and like a PP I don't believe that next of kin should be able to overwrite the decision of an organ donor and decline to consent to it - which I realise is rather hypocritical given that I, as said earlier, will consider going against DH's wishes and donating his anyway.

#5 Fenrir

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:11 PM

All organ donors here even the kids(God forbid). Every bit they can use.

Yes it should be an opt out.

#6 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:15 PM

No i am not neither is dp.

We both know what each other want if on of us pass on.

#7 ChatMe

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:57 PM

I don't think it should be an opt out system it should stay the same where people who are interested in donating fill in the forms to do so.  

#8 Fenrir

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:00 AM

I don't think it should be an opt out system it should stay the same where people who are interested in donating fill in the forms to do so.
Unfortunately those who "opt in" don't always get around to it or it gets forgotten. If it was an "opt out" those who felt strongly about not being a donor would make the effort to remove themselves from the registry.

#9 MsDemeanor

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:14 AM

I think it should be an opt out system also.

#10 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:19 AM

We are both donors and they can take what they need.  Our families all know this.
I think opt out too.

#11 Lyn29

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:26 AM

I don't mind that it's an opt-in system - as a PP said there could be all kinds of problems if it was just assumed we'd all opt in unless we said otherwise.

My problem is that, no matter what I've said I want, a family member can reverse my decision with no other reason than they want to. This offends me greatly. Fortunately for our family we are all in agreement so there will be no added angst should the need for donation arise, but it really worries me that some people would go against their loved one's wishes.

I think those who would not donate solely because then they wouldn't get their goodbye moment need to get over themselves - it's just a moment of time compared to a lifetime for someone else.

#12 Jembo

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:11 AM

Yes am an organ donor for whatever is needed.

I think it should be opt out.  If someone felt strongly enough about not donating then they would take the time to register, just as those who want to donate do.  Many people are not registered, not because they do not want to, but cause they have to do something, such as fill out a form, and they do not.  Many do not know their families wishes because death is not easy to talk about, so they are fine with donation, however just never get around to telling anyone about that.

#13 lynneyours

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:35 AM

I think it should be opt-out, not opt-in.  I also think that if it was opt-out, and you did, then you should not be eligible to receive organ's should the need arise, but this will never happen.

The organs are a very limited resource, and someone who is not willing to donate, should not receive either.  Just my HO.

ETA - I am a registed donor, and I would donate DH or kids if the need arose, but then we have a friend who's little boy died after his 2nd transplant failed, so have seen the hope, joy, despair of it all.

Edited by lynnemine, 24 February 2012 - 09:39 AM.

#14 missy78

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:48 AM

yes, I am.  I actually would prefer to donate my entire body to science, but am too regional to do it (in Victoria, you have to live/die within 60km of the Uni of Melbourne for them to accept your remains)

#15 beastie

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:55 AM

I think it shoud remain as an opt in system.  Just because people may 'forget' to opt out doesn't mean that they feel strongly about it, they may just have other more urgent issues in their life.

#16 Sentient Puddle

Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:06 AM

Yes I am - and my family know my wishes.  I also think it should be an opt out system and not opt in.  I also think that anyone who does not want to donate their organs (not those who can't) should think long and hard about their reasons why and should not be allowed to go on a waiting list for an organ later in life.  That would get some people moving!

#17 archythepeasant

Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:09 AM

QUOTE (Lyn630 @ 24/02/2012, 09:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My problem is that, no matter what I've said I want, a family member can reverse my decision with no other reason than they want to. This offends me greatly. Fortunately for our family we are all in agreement so there will be no added angst should the need for donation arise, but it really worries me that some people would go against their loved one's wishes.

I think those who would not donate solely because then they wouldn't get their goodbye moment need to get over themselves - it's just a moment of time compared to a lifetime for someone else.

All donors here though I'm not sure how much use Dh's and my organs will be as we're 50+.  Does anyone know?

A nurse I know said it's common for family to refuse to honour the person's wishes, often because they don't want the body being mucked about and cut, which also surprised me.  It's so wrong.  I'd like to see opt-out instead of opt-in, but at the very least the donor's decision should be final.   Family rights to refuse ought to be removed, definitely.

#18 ~Marvin~

Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:20 AM

All donors here too. We know several people who have had the gift of an organ donation.

I think to be able to donate organs/tissue and prolong someone's life in your time of loss, would be a way of letting yor lost loved one live on through the recipient, saving another family from loss...

#19 lamarque

Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:41 AM

Yes, I'm a donor as well as being on the Bone Marrow Registry.

I believe in opt out definitely.

#20 unicorn

Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:52 AM

Yes, they can take what they need.
I am in favour of an opt out system, and I also think the person's wishes should override that of the family.

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