Sarah Turnbull reflects on her decision to become an organ donor:
“I joined the organ donor register a few years ago but I understand how people can have doubts.
At first I didn’t like the idea. I feared the doctors wouldn’t try as hard if they knew I was part of the organ register; a fear I no longer have after assurances that the doctors wouldn’t ever give up on a patient if they were struggling for their life.
My next concern was my heart. I didn’t like the idea of somebody else having it. They could have anything else, just not my heart.
I know I won’t need it after I’m dead but there was something about the idea of being buried in the ground without a heart that I didn’t like.
But then I read a news story about a seriously ill ten-year-old boy signing up for the donor register. He had a fatal illness and there was no cure. A couple of days later he died and his organs and skin were donated. That one little boy saved 30 people.
That story changed my views. I no longer have any problems with signing the organ donor register. Now I know after I die someone else could be given a new life.”