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Donor day designed to ease organ shortage

The Local · 2 Jun 2012, 15:23

Published: 02 Jun 2012 15:23 GMT+02:00

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Only one in five people in Germany have agreed to donate their organs after their death, according to the German Association of Organ Donations.

Surveys show that when asked, more than 70 percent of Germans say they would become an organ donor, but few take the trouble to fill out the necessary form on an organ donor card to do that.

Experts estimate that every day three people die in Germany because they cannot get life-saving transplants.

“It’s a matter of life and death,” said Birgit Blome, the spokesperson for the foundation.

The Dresden gathering features the opportunity for visitors to speak with people whose lives were by organ donation.

Regina Nüßgen is one of those. At 62, she’s lived the past 16 years with the liver of an unknown motorcycle driver who died in Holland in an accident.

Germany participates in a donor cooperative along with several other European nations. Donor organs are registered into a central system and allocated based on need.

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Last week, parliament voted in favour of a new law designed to encourage people to consider donation. By the new law, everyone living in Germany will be asked at five-year intervals whether they want to donate organs after their death.

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Your comments about this article

09:23 June 3, 2012 by twisted
I read that all German citizens will be offered organ donor cards. Good idea, but what about us auslanders who are not German citizens but live here and may have acceptable organs in the event of our death. Any sign up program for us?
11:08 June 3, 2012 by Gretl
Good question, twisted.

As an Auslander associated with military, my organ donation status from my home state driver's license was transferred to my USAEUR driver's license. Perhaps the organ donor cards are associated driver's licensing or some other county-level administration?
14:51 June 3, 2012 by Englishted
I know they will not take me as a blood donor because of B.S.E. so I don't think they will take any other part .
22:21 June 3, 2012 by twisted
Ah, interesting point you make Englishted....I tried to give blood a few years ago and was turned down because of age (over 65) and because I previously had Dinge Fever (a mosquito born disease). And since I served in Africa and Asia for more than 12 years and had to take anti-malaria medications, that would probably be another negative. My liver is probably not worth a damn anymore either...LOL.
17:31 June 7, 2012 by Englishted

Look after you liver try to pickle it in alcohol like I do.

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