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New organ donation law in effect from today

New organ donation law in effect from today”

The JHOD has been working in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant, the organisation responsible for organ donation across the United Kingdom, in developing videos and leaflets on the change in law from a Hindu and Jain perspective.

It is hoped the automatic enrolment for organ donors will mean more organs are available to help those who are desperately in need and are on waiting lists.

The bill is also known as "Max and Keira's law", in honor of a boy who received a heart transplant and the girl who donated it.

"For many people like me, who are waiting for an organ, the law change is a sign of hope and a transplant would dramatically change my life in a number of ways".

Organ donors from traffic deaths plummeted 23% nationwide from March 8 to April 11 compared to the same period a year ago, and organ donors dying in all other accidents were down 21%. according to UNOS.

Max and Keira's Law - the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act, means all adults in England are considered as having agreed to donate their organs when they die unless they "opt out" or are in an excluded group.

Organ contributors from web traffic fatalities dropped 23% across the country from March 8 to April 11 contrasted to the exact same duration in 2015, and also organ contributors passing away in all various other accidents were down 21% ... according to UNOS.

To donate organs after death, a person needs to die in hospital in specific circumstances.

Anyone who has not opted out will be deemed to have given consent under England's new law, although relatives of the deceased will still be asked for their opinion.

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Dad Joe, 37, said: "We never thought about organ donation, at the time we thought Keira would pull through".

Kirit Modi, honorary president of National BAME Transplant Alliance, added: "At a time when Covid-19 appears to have hit BAME communities hardest, we should remember that a shortage of BAME donors means that patients from these same communities wait longer for a transplant and are more likely to die waiting". He is now back on the organ transplant list and has been waiting for a kidney for the last two-and-a-half years.

Specialist healthcare workers will decide in each individual case which organs and tissue are suitable for donation.

NHSBT said it is working closely with transplant centres who are considering re-opening their programmes in a phased return to normal as NHS services are scaled up again.

The legislation change was brought about thanks to a young boy's dedicated campaigning.

He said: "The law is being changed for our own advantage".

Lewis called on high-profile people from BAME communities - be it journalists, politicians or sportsmen - to use their platform to highlight the importance of organ donation. You can find out more here.

Max Johnson campaigned to change the "opt in" system.

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