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Pleas for organ donors to talk to families about choice

Pleas for organ donors to talk to families about choice
From BBC - October 31, 2017

Organ donors in Wales are being urged to speak to their families about their choice to donate to prevent relatives overriding their decision.

Figures show 21 families denied consent for organs to be given or did not support deemed consent in 2016/17.

The Welsh Government said this could have resulted in 65 extra transplants, with three organs retrieved per donor on average last year.

Adults in Wales are regarded as agreeing to donate unless they opt out.

A new advert highlighting the issue shows a man's choice to donate his organs being overridden by family members because he did not talk to them about his decision to join the donor register.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said awareness and understanding of presumed consent donation was increasing but more work could be done.

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