Army of thousands pledge to help save lives after death in East Dunbartonshire

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MORE than 44,000 people in East Dunbartonshire have pledged to help save a life when their’s ends – but more are needed to step up.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod has praised locals who have signed up for the Scottish Organ Donation register.

A total of 35 people in East Dunbartonshire underwent transplant surgery in the last year.

There are currently 44,369 residents on the register – 42 per cent of the local population, which is just higher than the Scottish average at 41 per cent in 2012/13.

A new donation and transplantation plan for Scotland has been launched which aims to increase the number of donors and transplants in order to save more lives.

Ms McLeod said: “I was surprised to find out that 35 people in East Dunbartonshire had undergone transplant surgery in the last year, and that a further 12 people are on the active transplant list.

“My husband and I are both on the organ donation list and we made a conscious choice to include our son on both our donor cards when he was a baby.

“That way if the worst happened to our family then the decision had already been made and other children could be helped.

“As soon as he was old enough to make his own decision on the matter we took him off and he signed up himself.

“You never know what life has in store for you, whether you need a cataract operation like my mother or a liver or heart transplant, you have to hope that someone else has been generous enough to sign up to the organ donation service to keep helping after their death.

“Forty-two percent is good, but it could be even better.’

The new Scottish plan seeks to increase donation and transplant rates over the next seven years.

Produced by the Scottish Transplant Group, it sets out 21 recommendations to increase the availability of organs and tissue for transplantation, and to raise awareness with the public and professionals about organ donation.

Visit www.organdonationscotland.org, text ODSCOT to 61611 to register with your mobile phone or call 0300 123 23 23.

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