Transplantation may offer a second and only remaining chance at life for many Australians.
At most points in time in excess of 2000 people may be waiting for a life-saving organ to become available, and others are in need of items such as heart valves, corneas to restore sight, bone or skin tissue for grafting after serious burns.
Deaths of people due to organ failure while on waiting lists are common. It is difficult to indicate precise figures because the ultimate cause of death might be a condition related to the weakness, rather than organ failure itself. However, as many as 300 Australians may die while on a waiting list or having been removed from a list because their condition has deteriorated to the extent that transplantation is no longer viable.
If you wish to register to leave the most precious gift of life
- your organs - then you can register at www.organdonor.com.au