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Donor law a lifeline

Editor's Viewpoint

MLA Jo-Anne Dobson knows at first hand how an organ transplant can transform – indeed save – lives. Her teenage son Mark was one of the lucky recipients of a kidney transplant and that has been the impetus for her drive to change the law here to help increase the number of donors.

Along with gaelic football pundit Joe Brolly, she wants an opt-out system where people are automatically assumed to be donors unless they – or importantly, their families after their death – refuse to give permission for their organs to be used. She is hoping that her Private Member's Bill at Stormont to change the law will be adopted.

While many people agree with organ donation, too many forget to register their desire to become a donor. This simple change in the law would be a giant step forward in bringing hope to the hundreds of people who need a life-saving operation and should be supported by all parties.

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