Organ and tissue donation needs EVERYONE. Young and old. Men and women. Tall and short. It does not matter who you are, where you're from and what you do. As long as you believe in making a difference in your own life and the lives of those around you. In being an everyday hero. Your decision to register can change lives forever.
Emma van den Bergh tells us how she became a living donor when she donated bone after surgery.
Damaged corneas cause sight disturbances and in extreme cases blindness. For any patients, a cornea transplant is the only way to restore their sight and with it, their quality of life. A simple thing – like protecting your eyes from harsh sunlight – will ensure that you don’t suffer corneal damage which will affect you eye health.
Thyneeca was diagnosed with an eye condition 2021. The illness causes the cornea of the eye to thin and gradually grow outwards into a cone shape. The altered shape of the cornea creates blurred vision and eventually leads to blindness, which can only be reversed by a cornea transplant.
Any one of us has the potential to save a life - all it takes is registering as an organ and tissue donor. But, while the process of registering to become an organ and tissue donor is simple, a lot of us are held back by misconceptions. For example, did you know that while most tissue donation occurs after death, some tissue can be donated while you’re still alive? People undergoing hip replacement surgery are eligible to donate the hip bone removed during the procedure - and that bone can be used for patients who need bone tissue to help reduce pain and improve movement.