Click “Like” and donate your organs to medicine
The best thing about Facebook’s decision to add an “organ donor” status to their pages is that it might help prevent the family veto on the essential process. The worst thing is that it’s not available to Australian users – yet.
By clicking into the Life Event section of their Timeline, Facebook users in the United Kingdom and United States can now alert their family and friends to their decision to donate their organs. Important note: clicking the status option won’t make it legitimate, users still need to register their decision to donate with their own state.
Facebook has high hopes for this tiny change to its page. Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s COO said it is part of using Facebook to “build tools that help people transform the way we all solve worldwide social problems.”
But the main benefits will be found much closer to home. So let’s just hope it won’t take too long to get to Australia. We currently have one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the world.
According to figures released by the Australian and New Zealand Organ Donor Registry chair Graeme Russ last year, we have approximately 14.9 donors per million people.
Compare this with countries like Spain, with 36 donors per million people and the United States who have 25.
New South Wales is the worst performing state, where about 50 per cent of potential donors in 2010 were overruled by their families at the time of death.
At the very least the Facebook status option is a terrifically simple way to start the conversation about organ donation, with your loved ones in a positive way.
Too often this discussion is left to the worst time possible – when you’ve already lost someone and your grief and shock make it hard to view even the best wishes in the way they were intended.
Think of it as a gentle nudge, prompt or pressure on family and friends. From the minute you click that status button they’ll understand that it is your decision to donate your organs and hopefully, that will make it harder for them to deny that wish.
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