Jump to content

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


  • Please log in to reply
19 replies to this topic

#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.

The Last Race - 6:30pm this Sunday 26th February on ABC1
http://www.thelastrace.info

Coinciding with DonateLife Week, a national week of raising awareness and promotion of organ and tissue donation, this dramatic film tracks a family's heart-wrenching dilemma when their beloved son is declared brain dead after a cycling accident. A moving and powerful film, it shows a family struggling to make a difficult decision on behalf of a loved one. The complexities of not knowing the deceased’s intentions, and the speed with which the decision has to be made, are brought to the fore. The Last Race tells a story that could become reality for any of us, a decision that anyone may have to make, and about the chance to change a person’s life for the better. As we see the family reach their decision, the film asks, what would you do, and how would you decide if you didn’t know?

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1628695...gan-donor-rates
http://www.donatelife.gov.au



#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 Floki

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 Floki

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:00 AM

QUOTE
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 archygrouseferal

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.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Dad breastfeeds his babies

Trevor Macdonald has now been pregnant twice, and is successfully breastfeeding his newest family member.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.