Friday, August 21, 2015

Transplant survivor Helen Jones is a living, breathing advertisement for organ donations

South Wales Evening Post

Helen Jones is enjoying life after her transplant

Wales is about to undergo a major change in the way human organs are donated with the introduction of the new opt-out organ donation law. Dan Laurie meets a patient whose life was transformed by an organ transplant.

THIS Sunday marks 100 days to go until the new opt-out organ donation law comes into force in Wales.

On December 1, Wales will become the first country in the UK to introduce a soft opt-out system for organ donation under The Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013, which aims to make it easier for people to make a decision about whether or not they want to become organ donors.

As the countdown begins, people around the country are being encouraged to think carefully about their organ donation choices.

It's Time to Choose, an awareness campaign, has been asking people from all over Wales to share their stories and experiences concerning organ donation.

The stories which have been shared so far show there are hundreds of people affected by organ donation in Wales, whether they are donor family members, people waiting for an organ transplant or families and friends of those touched by organ donation.

Helen Jones, from Glynneath, was on dialysis for six years before she was eventually given a kidney from a 75-year-old man from Spain, which already has an opt-out system, in 2006. Continue reading


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