Simply, all of us. It doesn’t matter what age we are or how our health is, each of us can be an eligible donor. Organs and tissue from people in their 70s and 80s are often transplanted successfully. The number of transplants needed is rising due to an aging population and increases in illnesses such as diabetes, and kidney, heart and liver disease.
When the time comes, specialist healthcare professionals will determine if your organs are healthy and suitable for donation. The important thing is that you’re registered and have spoken to your family, expressing your decision to help others and giving legal consent for donation to take place. In Northern Ireland, anyone over the age of 14 can sign the NHS Organ Donor Register.
With a shortage of organ supply, and a waiting list of around 200 people in Northern Ireland, it is vital more people speak up and say they want to be an organ donor.