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Are you under 18?


Changes to the way organ donation works in England will affect you at 18, but you don't need to wait to make your decision.

What you need to know

Organ donation in England has changed to an opt out system. 

It's still for you to decide whether or not you want to become an organ donor.

The opt out system works on the understanding that all adults agree to become organ donors when they die, unless they have made it known that they do not wish to donate, or are in one of the excluded groups.

How this affects you

The change will affect you when you turn 18, but you don't have to wait!

You can record your organ donation decision now.

Make sure you talk to your family or loved ones about what you decide, as they will always be involved if organ donation is ever a possibility.

Why wait?

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You can save and transform up to NINE lives by passing on your organs.

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Recording your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register takes just TWO minutes.

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It only takes ONE decision to save lives.

Sarah's story

"I was actually seven years old when I signed the NHS Organ Donation Register. At that point, for my entire life my dad had been ill and waiting for a transplant.

"We were interviewed by a local newspaper who were using our personal story to highlight the need for organ donation and my parents were asked if I had signed the register.

"They replied no and I asked: ‘Why not?’ So, whilst the journalist from the local newspaper was still there, my mum got me on the computer and I signed it.

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I felt it was the right thing to do and even though the changes in the law still don’t affect me yet, I think if you know what you want, why wait? It only takes two minutes.
Sarah

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