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Vass ([personal profile] vass) wrote2014-02-12 20:06
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I just cut up my organ donor card.

Before you look at me like that, I called the national organ donor registry and told them I wanted to change my details, and they said that as long as I'm already registered as willing to donate, they take my current details from Medicare [i.e. Australian national health insurance], so I don't need to update with them separately or carry an organ donor card. My Medicare details are up to date and in my new name, and my family is aware and supportive of my intent to donate if I die in such a way as to be good for spare parts, so I don't need that card any more.

And one more name change update to tick off the list.

Your regular PSA for Australians: if you're willing to donate organs and aren't registered yet, you can do it right here. They're not unreasonable, I mean no one's gonna Actually they do want your eyes. But not your brains. And you will not wake up in an ice bath connected to a dialysis machine. You won't wake up at all. The doctors who make that determination (about whether you'll wake up) are NOT the same doctors who transplant the organs. You can stipulate which parts are on offer, or just make a blanket offer. You can change your mind about which parts or whether to donate or not, by phoning 24-7 or emailing them. Don't assume your parts are necessarily no good to them because you're in poor health or don't qualify to give blood: the criteria are very different. Alternatively, you can register your intent not to donate, if you want to make that very clear (the default choice is already "no", but you have the option to make it even firmer if you wish.)
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[personal profile] shehasathree 2014-02-12 09:31 (UTC)(link)
Hooray! Change all the names!
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2014-02-12 09:40 (UTC)(link)
They can even use a few of my parts (corneas, tendons, anything that's not an organ or my blood) despite having had a malignant cancer.

The part about talking to your family is really important because (annoyingly) your next-of-kin can override your stated decision. My family are all good with organ donation and signed up, but not everyone's is.
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2014-02-13 02:57 (UTC)(link)
Yes, I thought I wouldn't be able to donate anything for the same reason that I can't donate blood, but I can be a bit useful! People who have had certain other cancers (some kinds of breast and brain cancers AFAIK) can donate even more.

And yes, I can see how "Vass wouldn't want this!" would be a neat way out for some people. But I think the more technology advances, the smaller the grey area of this decision becomes and the less choice your family would have in the matter.

[personal profile] splodgenoodles 2014-02-12 10:54 (UTC)(link)
Oh good to know I don't have to worry about always carrying the card! I've been diligently doing so for years which wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for the fact that my wallet is always stuffed to overflowing.

As regards my terrible health, I work on the theory that they can decide if anything's useful.
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[personal profile] lizbee 2014-02-12 21:05 (UTC)(link)
And if anyone else comes from the more right-wing end of the Catholic spectrum, the Pope okayed organ donation aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages ago!

(My parents are very anti-donation because their pro-life friends told them ghoulish stories about doctors killing people for organs. Yes, you can be pro-life and anti-organ donation, and not see a problem. THEIR KIDNEYS, THEIR CHOICES.)

(That's why I'm not on the list -- my parents would override it. Shame, too, because I have very nice lungs.)