Yesterday I launched my ‘Custard Dare’ video on YouTube. Having a bucket of custard tipped over my head was not something I ever imagined happening to me, especially as I am slightly OCD when it comes to cleanliness. However, the dare was made and I suddenly realised that me facing my fears was, in fact, a chance for others to think about facing their fears too.
Death is a scary subject. There are no knowns. Only unknowns, and let’s be honest it may not come in a form which is pleasant often leaving us sad and distressed, to say the least. However out of the darkness of this not knowing, is one thing we do know.
When the body dies, some organs still have life in them.
This means that if you compare the body to a machine or vessel (apologies for the harsh comparison and for those religious reading this – I am trying to simplify the concept greatly) in which you are travelling, once you step out or stop using it, that machine can be taken to pieces to fix other, broken machines. Machines which may be far younger than yours. Baby machines in fact.
It’s the babies who are waiting for transplants which really choke me up. Although the life I have led has been challenging, at least I have had a chance at a life. For the parents of the infant, just waiting to see if an organ becomes available must be beyond exhausting and due to the small number of baby donors, organs are not plentiful.
If you take a moment to imagine the person you love most on the verge of death being offered the chance of life, wouldn’t you want them to take it? Would you even go so far as to say you wanted to help, physically, yourself if you could? I know I would.
By putting yourself into the situation of those on the front life, it is easiest to see why there is so much support for a change in the law to presumed consent.
There is a lot of confusion over what exactly ‘presumed consent’ means and in the next few articles going to try to get it down to its bare bones. Strip away the rumours, the lies, and try from as neutral a view point as is possible for someone in my position weigh up the pros and cons of the argument for why we need a change in the law.
With over 6000 waiting for a transplant and three people dying every day, it really is crucial we have the conversations we don’t want to have. Why? Because leaving the legacy of life may be one of the greatest gifts you ever give.