This Wednesday comes into force a law that can shape the future of many people in England. Since this May 20, all adults are considered, by default, as organ donors, unless otherwise stated or the family objects to the donation after the death of a relative.
Currently, 80 per cent of English adults were in favor of donating their organs, but less than half of them had been registered in the donor registry. So, this new law can save hundreds of lives in this country every year, since the possibilities of finding compatible donors will grow exponentially for people who need different organs.
Despite the new law, family consent will still be required in order to recover the organs that you want to transplant. The reason is twofold: on the one hand, a form of consideration towards the family that has lost a loved one; and, on the other, the best way to know relevant information about the donor that may be essential for the transplant.
The example of Wales
England will not be the first country to take this step, as Wales instituted the same measure in 2015. Helen Gillan, the NHS Director General for Transplants, points out to The Guardian that "since Wales introduced a opt-out system, its consent rate has increased from 58% to 75%." A figure that saves lives on a daily basis.
The family will have to give their consent, a decision that can save lives, since they can provide decisive information about the donor
Gillan explained that England has an urgent need for internal organs, but also of fabrics, especially horny. Twenty corneas are needed every dayTherefore, a minimum of 10 donors would be needed every day to cover the needs. Heart valves are also rare: about 40 donations of this organ occur every month, but at least 60 are needed.
This new standard on organ donation is known as Max and Keira LawIt came about when a boy named Max received the heart from a girl named Keira who died in a car accident. The parents of both children have been protagonists in many acts that have taken place throughout England to carry out this new law.