you know? The number of Asian people
on organ transplant waiting lists is growing rapidly
The need for organs in the Asian community is 3 to 4 times higher
than that of the white community because diseases that can result
in organ failure occur more often in the Asian population.
how does this affect you? Members
of the Asian community are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses
such as diabetes and heart disease, which can lead to kidney and heart
failure. If this happens then patients may need a life-saving
However, at present the number
of Asian patients waiting for transplants is growing, but not enough
Asian people are becoming donors.
Life is all about give and
take ... and if, for some unfortunate reason you or a member
of your family ever need a transplant then chances of acceptance
and success of the transplant are greater if the donor is from your
own ethnic group.
Many people have concerns
and questions about organ donation and we'd like to take this opportunity
to reassure you...
not aware of any Asian religion that does not allow donation.
In fact, over 3 years ago, the Muslim Law (Shariah) Council released
a fatwa, stating that it is now acceptable for Muslims to donate organs
after their death and to accept organs if they need them. Likewise,
other Asian religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism support
the individuals' right to choose.
the event of death, doctors will not take organs from a patient without
first discussing donation with the relatives, even if the patient
carried a donorcard or was on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
This is why it is essential that people discuss the issues with their
families and those closest to them.
Family members have told
us that knowing their relative's wishes made it easier to agree
to organ donation.
people are unaware of how the donation process is handled.
Addressing your concerns is our priority.
First of all doctors and
nurses are trained and committed to doing everything to save
a life, and this will always be their priority. Organ donation
is only considered when death is inevitable.
Organs are only removed when
two doctors, working independently, have carried out a series of
strict tests to confirm brain stem death. These doctors are
not part of the transplant team and they have no connection with
People may also have fears
about the treatment of a patient's body after death. Removal
of organs is carried out with the same care and respect as any other
operation. The funeral will not be delayed. Many families
have told us that they have gained great comfort in donation at
an otherwise very tragic time.
to do The
most important thing to do is to tell those closest to you about your
Carrying a donorcard and/or
putting your name on the NHS Organ Donor Register confirms your
decision to be a donor if the time ever comes. The NHS Organ
Donor Register is a computerised nation-wide, confidential list
of people who are willing to become donors after their death.
The Register helps bring doctors and potential transplant patients
Remember ... above all, whether you carry a donorcard
or are on the Register, you must tell someone that you would like
to be a donor if the time ever comes.
A leaflet is available in Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali
as well as English. For more information please contact the Organ Donor Line on 0845 60 60 400 or visit www.uktransplant.org.uk.