Organs only donated with family support

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During National Transplant Week, NHS Blood and Transplant revealedthat family support rates in the UK jump from 41 per cent to 95 per cent when wishes about organ donation wishes are known by the donor’s family.

The figures show it is vital for families to talk about organ donation wishes so loved ones are not left to make the decision themselves at what is often an emotional time.

Family agreement for organ donation in the UK is one of the lowest in Europe. Research by YouGov shows that just over half of those surveyed have not passed on their wishes to friends and family and 48 per cent were aware that without family involvement, their organs would not be passed on, even if they are on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Nearly all said the conversation was easy and 88 per cent said family were supportive.