Why you should be an organ donor

Organ Donor Foundation's Samantha Nicholls and Jooste Vermeulen speak to Gugus Mhlungu about the dire need for organ donors in South Africa.

Siyavuya Zozo called in to tell his story. He has been waiting 13 years for a kidney transplant. He is 41 years old and he had uncontrolled hypertension which led to kidney failure.

He says the many cultural myths need to be dispelled around organ donation and encourages all South African to register as donors.

The panel explained that anyone can be an organ donor regardless of age, illness or any other condition.

For example, HIV positive people can donate organs to HIV positive patients.

After death, a medical team will assess the viability of your organs.

The donor's body is treated with utmost respect during the donor operation.

Vermeulen said that in a survey conducted some 80% of those asked said they would happily receive an organ donation if they needed one, but over 70% said they would not donate.

This needs to shift, he says. And education around organ donation is key.

Take a listen to the compelling argument:


This article first appeared on 702 : Why you should be an organ donor


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