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Misdee's post re Peter made me think about this again tonight. I always say i am going to get a card but have never got round to it, even though all my family know I would want my organs to be donated.
Yes, always, and my family know how much it means to me. I can completely understand how traumatic it must be for a family to give the consent - and I think even though you carry a donor card, your family still have to give the go-ahead.
I have discussed this too with my older 3 kids. They have all said they would want to be donors too. dh is not forthcoming about his wishes so if anything happened to him I'm not sure whether to give consent on his behalf or not. On balance I think I would say yes.
I have given blood once and tried again twice more. My veins don't give up their blood easily - they stopped trying after they'd stuck both arms and not a drop of blood Always find it difficult to get blood from me for blood tests - often have to go into my hand! I persuade other people to do it and will try again to give blood myself.
I'm registered and i carry a donor card but my DP thinks its wrong. Idiot. I always snap at him when we have our children if god forbid they may need medical help by the way of Donors he will soon change his mind.
I think some people bury their head until they personally know someone who could benefit.
kama I think it shocked me as I assumed he would have similar views to mine on this. He isn't religious in any way at all so I assumed he wouldn't be too bothered about what happened to his body after he died. He did say he would be worried they would start cutting him up before he was properly dead though!!
If anything were to happen to my kids I would consent to their organs being donated too. Well the older 3 said they would want to anyway but I would consent to ds3 and ds4 who are 2 and a half and 6 months repectively. However, dh has said that he would not consent to the youngest 2 being donors "as they wouldn't have the informed choice or consent."