Seven words can save a life

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If you want to be an organ donor, it’s important not to keep it to yourself.

Everyday in the UK, three people die waiting on a transplant.

That’s why it’s vitally important to continue to increase the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

By making your wishes known, you could quite literally give the gift of life to someone after your death.

In Scotland, 41 per cent of people have already taken action to help those waiting by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register, but there is still a shortage of organs for transplant.

A new campaign has been launched to urge people to have a chat about organ donation with their loved ones.

The seven words, ‘I’d like to be an organ donor’ can save up to seven lives and making the time to talk about organ donation can make all the difference.

Put simply, your generosity could give a new lease of life to the thousands of people waiting across the UK.

Lanarkshire woman Kirsty Geddes knows all about how important the register is, having got a double lung transplant three years ago.

The 28-year-old was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was just nine months old, and by the age of 25 her lung function was reduced to just 23 per cent, meaning she spent 24 hours a day hooked up to oxygen.

After her lungs collapsed three times doctors told Kirsty there was nothing more they could do and a double lung transplant would be the only way to save her life.

In November 2009, the day after her 26th birthday - Kirsty got the call that suitable donor had been found.

She said: “It was the best birthday present I could ever have wished for and I can’t stress enough how grateful I am to my donor and their family.

“After reading this I urge you to let your family know that you would like to be an organ donor and go on to transform and save lives if the worst happens.”

To join the register visit|Organ Donation Scotland|ODS} or text LIFE to 61611.