Would you want a donor to save you?

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If one of your organs were failing and your health or even your life were under threat, would you want to accept a donated organ that could save you?

I would. Most people would. But still barely a third of us have joined the Organ Donor Register where people can make clear their willingness to allow their organs to be donated in the event of their death.

Meanwhile more than 10,000 people in the UK are waiting for transplants.

For some of these people that vital call, saying a suitable donor has been found and they can have a transplant, never comes and they die.

That has happened to 43 people in Northamptonshire in the past five years.

It’s a tragedy that this should happen to anyone.

Whether you would want any of your organs to be used in transplant surgery after your death is of course a very personal decision.

But if you think, yes, that would be good to help someone live after my death, and you have not joined the register, maybe now is a good time.

And if you would like your organs to be used after your death and your loved ones don’t know this, let them know.

If they are in the room with you there, maybe you could put the paper down and start the conversation now...

Yvonne Martin, Deputy Editor