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More Canberrans give the gift of life in 2012

By Advertising Feature 6 February 2013 5

DonateLife ACT urge all Canberrans to discuss organ and tissue donation with their families
and to understand their decisions during DonateLife Week, which will be held on Sunday
24 February – Sunday 3 March 2013. One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of
ten or more people. So please have the conversation about organ and tissue donation with
your family that could one day save the lives of many.

Canberra achieved its highest ever annual organ donation outcomes in 2012 with 12 organ
donors. Nationally 1,052 Australians received an organ transplant in 2012 as a result of the
generosity of 354 people who lost their lives and of their families who agreed to donation.
Last year there were 1,099 organs transplanted which included 606 kidneys, 230 livers,
72 hearts, 4 heart/lung, 144 lungs, and 38 pancreas’ (plus four pancreas islets and one
intestine). Also 1,169 Australians donated their corneas and 1,942 Australians had their sight
improved through corneal transplants.

During DonateLife Week, take some time to share your wish with your family and
close friends, and ask them about their wishes. DonateLife Week is Australia’s national
awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation. DonateLife ACT is holding numerous
community events and activities across Canberra that is listed on the DonateLife website.

For more information www.donatelife.gov.au or email

DonateLife ACT: organ.donation@act.gov.au


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poetix 11:27 am 07 Feb 13

davo101 said :

poetix said :

What is a pancreas islet?

Err.

Gosh! That Google thing looks useful…

sarahsarah 9:37 am 07 Feb 13

poetix said :

Seriously though, I signed all the forms for this. I find it very strange that more people don’t. We don’t have to be wealthy to leave a real legacy.

Seconding this – I’ve also signed up to give over anything might be of use to someone else.

Also just as important is to talk to your loved ones about your choices. Hubby doesn’t like the idea of somone he doesn’t know walking around with his bit but we’ve discussed it and he respects my choice to give away mine.

To be honest I think it’s kind of dumb that your family can overide your wishes in this if you are on the register or have it in your will but I guess I can understand that it’s an emotional time to say the least. So yes, talk to your family and make it known!

Thumper 8:37 am 07 Feb 13

poetix said :

What is a pancreas islet? Sounds like the world’s worst cruise destination. Was that supposed to be pancreas inlet? In which case it still sounds like a pretty bad holiday choice!

Seriously though, I signed all the forms for this. I find it very strange that more people don’t. We don’t have to be wealthy to leave a real legacy.

When I was a kid in London I used wonder why they had a place called St Pancras.

I used to think it was a strange name for a saint. Kind of like being called St Liver or St Spleen.

The things you think when you are a kid.

davo101 8:33 am 07 Feb 13

poetix said :

What is a pancreas islet?

Err.

poetix 8:32 pm 06 Feb 13

What is a pancreas islet? Sounds like the world’s worst cruise destination. Was that supposed to be pancreas inlet? In which case it still sounds like a pretty bad holiday choice!

Seriously though, I signed all the forms for this. I find it very strange that more people don’t. We don’t have to be wealthy to leave a real legacy.

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