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New Law To Assume Everyone In Ireland Is An Organ Donor

By katedemolder

May 8, 2017 at 1:22pm


New legislation is being brought in next year, assuming that everyone in Ireland is an organ donor. 

Hospitals in Ireland will presume that everyone they come across has given consent to donate organs, unless the person in question, or their guardian, has opted out. 

The move is to get families who have either already donated, or those who have received donations, to talk about organ donation in an attempt to save lives. 

According to the Irish Examiner, a 'soft opt-out' will give families the ability to refuse to donate a loved ones’ organs when they die.

Naveah Spollen died of a brain hemorrhage age 9. Her mother, Crystal, found her daughter's organ donation card just three weeks before she fell ill. Crystal said of the tragedy:

"Have that conversation with your family. Become someone else's hero, because heaven has our hero"

Minister for Health, Simon Coveney, is in hope that the Human Tissue Bill will be enacted by the end of the year.

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