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Almost two thirds of organ donors not on Register

Almost two-thirds of organ donors in Scotland over the past five years were not on the organ donor register at the time of their death, according to new figures.

The statistics showing that 62 per cent of donors were not on the NHS Organ Donor Register have been revealed to coincide with the launch of a campaign to encourage more Scots to make their organ donation wishes known.

Over forty per cent of Scots are already on the register, but the campaign is also aiming to increase the number of people signed up to donate their organs.

Mum-of-one, Jill Polanski, whose husband Matt’s life was cut tragically short after a motorbike accident in August this year, gave her backing to the campaign as she met with Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson.

Jill is proud that she was able to honour Matt’s wishes to be an organ donor – a hugely difficult decision that was made easier by a chat they’d had three years earlier.   As a result, Matt helped save the lives of four people.