Have you watched Phil Mitchell waiting for an organ transplant? Did you know 6,500 people across the UK are waiting for a transplant right now.
Those waiting for a transplant depend on people being willing to donate their organs to help others when they die. Most people say they support organ donation, but around 35% who want to be donors say they just ‘haven’t got round’ to joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Those couple of minutes you give to sign up as a donor could lead to you saving lives in the future.
As an organ donor you could save or transform up to nine lives.
So, what are you waiting for?
When you sign up, or if you already have, why not use Phil's story as a way to talk to your family about your wishes? It’s important those closest to you know your decision. Find out more ways to have a conversation here.
Emily, before and after her transplant
“I find it strange this time of year, everyone running around looking for that 'perfect gift' for a loved one. There is nothing more incredible than the gift of organ donation; life.
Sarah is waiting for a liver transplant
“People imagine there is a waiting list for a liver like there would be when you collect a ticket in a queue at the deli counter. It's not like that at all.”
We held a Twitter Q&A around organ donation, featuring by Lucy Dames, Specialist Nurse Organ Donation, Bimbi Fernando, transplant surgeon at The Royal Free Hospital and Hannah Cochrane, who is waiting for a heart transplant. They answered questions around organ donation, transplantation and what it is actually like waiting for an organ transplant. Read our Twitter Q&A here.