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Organ Donation Week: Life or Death?

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It is probably hard for most of us to imagine what it's like to be on the organ donor waiting list.

For many it's a long and painful wait, that can literally mean life or death.

Official statistics show that just 13% of islanders in Jersey and 12% in Guernsey are signed up to the organ donation register. This compares to 37% of the population in the UK.

Right now, there are 18 people from the Channel Islands currently waiting for a donor organ.

  • WATCH: Our reporter Sophie Dulson has been to meet two islanders who know what it's like to be on the list.

In an effort to encourage more people to sign up to the organ donation register, both Guernsey's and Jersey's Health Ministers are backing the idea of an opt-out system.

The opt-out system means that all islanders would automatically be signed up to the organ donor list, unless they specifically ask not to be.

The islands' Health Ministers have told us they are considering introducing this scheme.

ITV Channel TV speak to Neil Maclachlan, a consultant from Jersey Hospital and an organ donor campaigner in the island, to find out more about how the opt-out scheme works.

More information on signing the register can be found online here.