Call for lessons in schools on organ donation

Neil MacLachlan with his daughter Catherine, who underwent a heart transplant at the age of 15

JERSEY schools should ‘lead the way’ and introduce lessons to educate students about organ transplantation, a charity which aims to increase the number of Islanders on the donor register has said.

Hospital consultant and co-founder of the Love Hearts Appeal Neil MacLachlan said that the Island needs to improve its registration numbers.

To combat the low number of donors on the register Mr MacLachlan says he has now spoken to Education Minister Rod Bryans about introducing lessons for students aged between 11 and 16.

‘Jersey remains appallingly bad compared to England with only ten per cent of registrations in comparison to England who have rates of 30 per cent,’ Mr MacLachlan, whose daughter Catherine underwent a heart transplant at the age of 15, said. Continue reading
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