I'm just wondering what the situation is in the various countries about this. In France, everybody is automatically considered to be an organ donor unless they have registered on the national refusal list. Nevertheless, up until today close family have always been consulted before taking organs with questions about "do you know how the person felt about organ donations?" or more generally "do you consider the person to have been generous?" and other roundabout ways to ease consent.
As of January 1st, families will no longer be consulted about this but just informed. It is considered that it will be a relief to take the decision away from relatives because it will eliminate debates and family conflict on the subject, as well as doubt and guilt. I think it is the right thing to do.
As usual, probably quite a few organs will become available for donation on the night of December 31st, a bit after midnight.
here, the relatives have to decide, unless you declared yes or no. while ago they sent out organ donor cards to everyone, for people to decide, but like so many, i have been putting it off. generally i think it is good to be willing to donate, and then i read some sensationalist article about disadvantages and even though i don't fully believe them, i get scared ... and then i forget about the topic, until something (like this thread) reminds me and i start thinking again i should fill out that stupid card ...
In Germany you can get donor cards, if you don't have one the relatives decide, there is talk to do it like the french do it, what I think is better. My dad agreed to donate my mothers organs, she died pretty young with only 53. There are a lot of things that can help others, not only liver, heart or kidneys, but also part of the eye and ligments come to mind. I would like to be a donor, but since I contacted Hep C sometimes during my live it's out of the question, my treatment worked and there is no virus traceable in my blood, but the only recipients could be people with Hep C, I'm not even allowed to donate blood because of it.
In my part of Canada it's all done with your Drivers license/Care Card registration. You get to choose what you donate. I've gone for the whole shebang except leaving my body for medical students to snicker over. I've passed the age threshold for bone marrow donation, which is something I'd do. I'm not sure they'd want my kidneys, either, although there is a live donor registry for that as well.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jan 2, 2017 17:46:35 GMT
I'm on an organ donor database...signed up years ago altho I think that next of kin can still refuse. I've given bone marrow and am a regular blood donor...wouldn't have thought that my organs would be of much use to anybody else and I'm using them atm.