Becoming an Organ Donor

Written By: Nikki

Have you ever thought about what you would want to happen to your body once you have died? I'm not talking about how you'd hope to be reincarnated into cute kitten or an exotic tropical animal, (although I think I'd like to be a panda) I'm talking about what you'd actually want to happen to each part of your structure when you pass away.

A few weeks ago, one of my friends told me about how she became an organ donor. I had thought about it briefly before but I never really got to the point of signing up. When I got home, I researched into what it means to be an organ donor and what the process is. There were many posts which featured different views and opinion, however many of them were in favour of people signing up.

'Organ donation is the donation of biological tissue or organ(s) of the human body from a living or dead person to a living recipient in need of a transplant.' In other words, it's the procedure of giving someone in need of an organ, one of your organs of which you don't need, such as one of your kidneys, or are no longer using (once you're dead). Some people argue that to give up parts of your body is a type of self harm in which you're giving up your spirit too. Others argue that to do so is a charitable act of great benefit to the community around you. I chose to become an organ donor because once I am gone, I would take peace in knowing that someone is benefiting from my organs and that I could have potentially saved another beings life.

Anybody can become an organ donor, and the process to do so is really easy! Simply Google 'organ donation' and find the NHS website to sign up. Alternatively, you can follow this link: www.organdonation.nhs.uk which will take you straight to the application. If you do sign up, be sure to tell your family and close friends about your decision for future reference.