In France, the Caillavet law recommends that anyone be considered as a “potential donor”, unless it is registered in the national register of refusals or if it has made its choice to relatives. This is called presumed consent. In fact, there is no systematic organ removal before the medical team has consulted the registry or the family. But this may change, because the law is hardening (an amendment was voted on April 10 last) and tends to simply “inform” the family of the levy, seeking less consent. Also, to be sure that our choice is heard, it is necessary to communicate it (registration form on ).
Because a family discussion is necessary
Feeling embarrassed to mention our death is one thing, having trouble hearing about the death of one of our loved ones is another! Indeed, are we always ready to receive the will of our parents, our grandparents, our children? Not sure that between the cheese and the dessert of the traditional Sunday lunch, we are ready to talk about organ donation ! Not sure either that we accept the idea that the kidney, the liver or the heart of our son, of our mother continues to live in the body of someone else after his disappearance, and this despite his choice .
To overcome the taboo of his own death
To speak of one’s will to give or not one’s organs is to project oneself into death, and even beyond. Now, how do you think of yourself as “dead” even when you are in the middle of your life? And even if our society claims to be liberal and few topics are taboo (sexuality, politics, etc.), talking about death is complicated; we prefer to avoid, delay or even reject the question … until we can no longer ask it.
To choose to save lives
To be clear in your choices and to share them with your loved ones is to be sure that your decision will be respected; it is also to release the family from a questioning that can be difficult at the moment of the disappearance. This finally helps to advance mentalities on the subject, because let’s not forget that the transplant saves lives (52,330 people were carrying a functional graft in 2013) and that we are in a growing search for organs ( in 1997, 8,733 people were waiting for a transplant, in 2013 they were 18,976). So, courage: dare to talk about organ donation!