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John Forsythe, a surgeon and chairman of the Scottish Transplant Group, explains why it's important to register to become a donor because one day it could be you.

MORE than 7000 people are currently waiting for a transplant that could improve or even save their life.

In Scotland there are over 700 people needing a vital organ. During those long weeks waiting and wondering, around 50 of them die every year.

One day, it could be you, or it could be one of your friends or family.

That's why we are urging everyone to get behind a recruitment drive to encourage more people to join the Organ Donation Register.

With National Transplant Week in July highlighting the urgent need for more donors, there's never been a more important time to join the register.

If you sign up, one day you might save someone's life.

Over 15,000,000 - around 25 per cent of the British population - have joined the Organ Donor Register. But we need more - it's not enough, people are still dying.

Research shows the majority of the Scottish public supports organ donation, but despite enormous theoretical support, only 27 per cent have registered.

Passive endorsement like this, where people support the concept but fail to sign up, remains one of the major challenges we face.

That's why the Scottish Government is backing National Transplant Week and its drive to increase the numbers joining the NHS Organ Donation Register.

During July the emotive Kill Jill/Spare Clare series of adverts will run on TV and organ donation experts will travel to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country in a bid to sign up more people.

Joining the register couldn't be easier, it only involves a short phone call or a few clicks of a mouse.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 10, 2008
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