Petition Tag - kidney

1. Make organ donation compulsory in the UK

DEATH. Nobody wants to talk about it, most people are scared of it but the real situation in this country is that nearly 1000 people a year die of needing an organ yet 500,000 people die every year in the U.K.

There are more then 10,000 people on the transplant list all needing vital organs to stay alive. Advances in surgical and medical drugs means that on average after a year of surgery :-
A kidney transplant works at 93%
Liver works at 91%
Heart works at 83%
And lung at 73%.

I can't tell you what a year gives to somebody who needs an organ to be able to go to the park with their children. Imagine not having to worry about countless hospital appointments.

Organ donations can change lives but the real fact is that there are not enough donors. So please sign this petition and change people's lives forever.

2. Save Lives Through Presumed Organ Donation :: Sauver des vies grâce au consentement présumé de don d’organes

4500+ Canadians currently await an organ transplant because the need for replacement organs far exceeds the available supply. for waitlist individuals, this leads to debilitated lifestyle, critical care intervention, or premature death. sadly, hundreds of preventable deaths result each year due to organ shortages.

Presently, the organ donation registration process varies across Canada. only 2 provinces have an official organ donation registration system in place (BC & Ontario). for the remaining provinces/territories, organ donation of the deceased individual is ultimately vulnerable to omission or disregard: within the extant system, family members are empowered to make the final decision.

In conducted health polls, 95% of Canadians answered that they would accept an organ in the event they needed one. additionally, the majority of these surveyed individuals were not in fact opposed to the idea of organ donation but rather quite the opposite. so if the majority of the nation supports the idea of organ donation, then why have so few actually registered?

The establishment of a federal organ donor registry would bridge this gap. Upon legal age, citizens would be automatically registered as willing organ donors in the event of a premature death. to ensure personal freedom and rights are protected for every citizen, each individual would be provided with the option to legally unlist from the registry. in the case of a minor, the choice to donate would become a legal guardian responsibility. presumed organ donation would more accurately represent the disposition of Canadian citizens, minimize premature death based on organ shortages, while still protecting personal freedoms and rights.

How can you help eradicate the organ shortage crisis? a bill will be proposed to the Government of Canada (with the signatures added to this petition) which will state:

Let it be recognized that every citizen of Canada of legal age be registered in a Federal Presumed Organ Donor Registry unless otherwise specified by the individual right to unlist.

PLEASE, sign the petition and forward the link. join us in raising our voices to make a difference in our nation… because WE can.


Sauver des vies grâce au consentement présumé de don d’organes

Plus de 4500 Canadiens sont actuellement en attente d’une transplantation d’organes parce que le besoin pour le remplacement d’organes est supérieur aux dons disponibles. Cet état de fait peut compromettre la qualité de vie des gens dont le nom figure sur la liste d’attente. Plusieurs individus doivent recevoir des soins intensifs et certains mourront de façon prématurée. Ainsi, des centaines de morts surviennent chaque année à cause de ce manque d’organes.

Pour l’instant, les registres de dons d’organes diffèrent à travers le Canada. Seulement deux provinces – l’Ontario et la Colombie-Britannique possèdent un registre officiel de donneurs d’organes. Pour les autres provinces et territoires, le prélèvement d’organes de la personne décédée est susceptible d’être omis ou même de ne pas être envisagé.

D’après des sondages portant sur la santé, 95 pour cent des Canadiens ont indiqué qu’ils accepteraient de recevoir un organe en cas de besoin. Ainsi, la majorité des gens interrogés étaient favorables au don d’organes. Alors pourquoi si peu d’entre eux ont-ils clairement exprimé leur volonté?

La mise sur pied d’un registre fédéral officiel viendrait combler ce vide. Au moment d’atteindre la majorité, les citoyens seraient d’emblée considérés comme des donneurs potentiels en cas de mort prématurée. Pour garantir la liberté individuelle et la protection de chaque citoyen, chaque personne se verrait offrir le choix de se désister officiellement de ce registre. Dans le cas d’un mineur, la décision du don reviendrait aux parents ou au tuteur légal. Le consentement présumé de don d’organes correspondrait davantage à la position des Canadiens sur la question et contribuerait à réduire le nombre de morts prématurées liées au manque d’organes tout en protégeant le choix et la liberté de chacun.

Comment aider à réduire le manque d’organes disponibles ? Un projet de loi sera proposé au Gouvernement canadien (et sera accompagné des signatures de cette pétition) et se lira comme suit :

Reconnaissons que chaque citoyen canadien ayant atteint l’âge de la maturité fasse partie du registre de consentement présumé de don d’organes à moins d’un désistement volontaire.

SVP, signez la pétition et faites suivre ce lien. Vous aussi, vous pouvez faire une différence. D’après Transplant Québec, « un donneur d’organes peut sauver jusqu’à 8 vies. Un donneur d’organes peut aussi aider jusqu’à 15 autres personnes par le don de tissus. »

Nous, soussignés, invitons le Gouvernement canadien à mettre en place un système de consentement présumé de don d’organes afin de réduire le manque actuel et d’ainsi sauver des vies.

3. Stop the Deportation of Transplant Patient, Roseline Akhalu

Roseline arrived in the UK in September 2004 from Nigeria on a student visa, to study for a Masters Degree at Leeds University. She unexpectedly developed end stage renal failure in 2005 and remained on dialysis until she received a kidney transplant in July 2009.

Roseline applied for leave to remain in the UK but was refused. Roseline’s consultant has stated that unless she is able to continue taking immunosuppressant drugs, which are costly and unavailable in parts of Nigeria, her transplanted kidney will fail and she would have to resort to dialysis again –a treatment she could not afford. Without this she will die.

UPDATE 22nd SEPTEMBER 2012: The UKBA have considered the submissions Rose has made as a fresh claim. They have decided that there are insufficient factors to justify allowing Rose to remain in the UK and her application has been refused. The judicial review was to challenge the decision not to consider a fresh claim so there are now no grounds for judicial review. Rose’s lawyers are preparing grounds for an appeal. Please continue to support Rose in the face of this unconscionable decision – Rose’s consultant submitted evidence which included details of the fate of someone denied anti rejection medication and this decision was made in full knowledge of what Rose will face if returned.

UPDATE: Rose's hearing has been postponed until after the 8th October but the Home Secretary is due to make a decision on her application to stay in the UK on compassionate grounds on 21 September. Please write to the Home Secretary and urge her to grant Rose leave to remain in the UK. Rose's consultant has submitted new medical evidence as to how critical it is that she remain in the UK. The National Kidney Federation have written to the Home Secretary in support of Rose's cases.

UPDATE: Rose's case will be heard in the Upper Tribunal on Thursday 18th July. Friends and supporters from Leeds and across Yorkshire will be travelling down to London to support Rose on the day. Please continue to urge the Home Secretary to show compassion towards Rose. Model letters are available through our Facebook page.

Please add your support to Rose's campaign. More information is available at the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/315098168561449/384323581638907/?notif_t=group_activity and on the website: http://saverose.wordpress.com/

4. Request for a public vote on an 'opt-out' organ donor system

As of the end of September 2010 there is a little over 8000 people waiting for a potentially life saving or life changing organ donation. Each year around 3000 transplants are carried out, but sadly that is still below the number of people added to the register. More than 400 patients die each year while on the waiting list.

Up to 90% of the UK population support organ donation but only 24% have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register. Many people tell the NHS it is simply just something they "have not got round to doing". (Source NHS)

The UK Government have spent many years procrastinating about implementing an 'opt-out' organ donation system, but they have been unable to make a decision.

I am not suggesting that we try and badger the government to make the hard decision here. What I am suggesting is that they give the public the responsibility of making the decision for them.
I would like to believe that we are mature enough to take the responsibility upon ourselves and we might finally get around having something done to help reduce the number on the waiting list.

It may be obvious from reading between the lines that personally I am FOR the opt-out scheme and I am gambling that if it went to a public vote, that is how the general public would vote. But having said that, if you are flat against the opt-out system this petition is ALSO FOR YOU, as you will have your say if it goes to a vote, rather than the government deciding for you.

Some other facts from the NHS :-

You are (currently) more likely to need a transplant than become a donor.

30% of the people on the NHS Organ Donor Register are aged between 16 and 25 when they join.

All the major religions support organ donation and many actively promote it.

Repeated surveys show that the majority of the public support organ donation.

A donor can donate a heart, lungs, two kidneys, pancreas, liver and can restore the sight of two people by donating their corneas.

Donors can also give bone and tissue such as skin, heart valves and tendons. Skin grafts have helped people with severe burns and bone is used in orthopaedic surgery.

Transplanting a kidney patient costs around £26,000 in the first year for surgery and drugs and £7,500 a year thereafter - £56,000 over five years. A patient remaining on dialysis would cost between £98,000 and £148,000 over the same period.

Finally, I do not work for the NHS. I am simply an interested party.

Thank you.

5. Support "Presumed Consent" Law for Organ Donation

Support "Presumed Consent" Law for Organ Donation.

A Petition for the Government to change Legislation to "Opt-out" and Save Lives

6. Legalize the Sale of Human Kidneys in United States

About 350,000 Americans suffer from end-stage renal disease, a kidney disorder so advanced that the organ ceases to function (Finkel).

These victims are in need of new organs in order to stay alive, but the problem is not enough kidneys are donated to provide adequate transplants for everyone.

Those placed on a wait list typically have to spend years before they even have the chance of receiving their new kidney. Most victims die while waiting; in fact, In the year 2000 alone, 2,583 Americans died while waiting for a kidney transplant (Goyal, Mehta, Schneiderman, and Sehgal). The number of deaths worldwide is around 50,000.

However, there is a solution to this large problem: legalize the sale of human kidneys in the United States. Legalization and the promise of monetary profit to donors would provide the incentive needed to convince more people to donate their organs.

Thousands of lives would be saved through this process, and America as a world leader would set the stage for more countries to legalize the sale of kidneys. Regulation is a must, of course, in order to allow complete fairness in monetary compensation. With this process in place, new hope and new life can be given to those needing this valuable organ.

Finkel, Michael. “This Little Kidney Went to Market.” New York Times Magazine. New York: May 27, 2001.

Goyal, M., Mehta, R., Schneiderman, L., and Sehgal, A. “Economic and Health Consequences of Selling a Kidney in India.” Journal of the American Medical Association. October 2, 2002. 288, 13, 1589-92.

7. Funding of Human Cloning

This Petition is for grade at school.

We just need feedback

8. Automatic Disability Living Allowance for People with Kidney Failure

A lot of people in this country suffer from Renal Failure (Kidney Failure). However when applying for disability money they are refused time and time again.

This petition is aimed to make kidney failure an automatic disability. Kidney failure in itself is a very disabling thing, your body cannot get rid of toxins and you stop passing urine so you have a build up of fluid.

It also causes anemia and hypertension. You are often weak and breathless and can barely do easy day to day tasks.