Countdown to Wales' new organ donation law

On 1st December 2015, the new Welsh organ donation law of presumed consent will come into effect. It will mean people who live and die here will have to say if they don't want their organs donated.

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One month to organ donation opt-out system

Today marks one month to go until Wales will become the first country in the UK to introduce a new soft opt-out system for organ and tissue donation.

The Welsh Government is continuing to raise awareness of the legislation change, which will come into effect from December 1. Credit: Welsh Government

It will mean that you have given 'presumed consent' for your organs to be used after your death, unless you say otherwise.

Those who have had life-saving transplants are hoping that the new legislation will mean a shorter wait for donors.

"I believe that the change to the law on organ donation gives more choice to individuals as you can opt in, out or do nothing and have deemed consent for donation. It will empower people to decide what they want to happen after their death, taking the pressure off their loved ones at such a terrible time. It is the kindest and greatest gift you can give once you have gone."

– Kayleigh Old, lung transplant recipient


Organ donor numbers rise in lead up to new law

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The number of organ donors is rising in the lead up to Wales' historic change in the law.

An official report also says the number of people in Wales who die waiting for a transplant is falling.

More than 100,000 people have signed up to the donation register. From December a system of 'presumed consent' will be in force.

WATCH: Parents of Britain's youngest organ donor raise awareness of new law


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