Walk through the transplant institute at RPA Hospital and you can’t help but be inspired by the passionate doctors, patients who’ve waited and endured so much and the donors, who have given the gift of life.
But while a recent survey found 90 per cent of interviewees were in favour of organ transplants, there were only 300 donors in Australia last year.
“Twenty per cent of patients will die while on the waiting list,” Prof Richard Allen from the institute said.
When people registered to be a donor, it was essential they discussed their wishes with family members because they were the ones who must confirm the donation, Prof Allen said. “Half the families we ask say no. People don’t like to talk about death,” he said.
A survey showed 43 per cent of people did not know or were unsure of the donation wishes of their loved ones.
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