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Posted On: 31st Jan 2014

Organ Donors Fix on ITV News

Fixer Jared Munro
A photo of Jared's late mother Holly
Specialist Organ Donation Nurse Irene Young

A 21-year-old Fixer Jared Munro from Galashiels is encouraging more young people to become organ donors after seeing the positive impact it can have on others.

 

His story was broadcast on ITV News Lookaround on Thursday 6th February.

 

Following the death of his mother several years ago, Jared and his family agreed to register her as an organ donor.

 

‘Her eyes were donated to help people with their eyesight. She managed to help three people,' Jared explains.

 

‘In my head I imagined a mum seeing her daughter for the first time and that made me happy. It was a nice thought.’

 

Jared hopes his Fixers campaign inspires others his age to think about joining the register by showing them what it can mean to people.

 

‘With Fixers we’re going to create a video to make younger people more aware of being an organ donor. I don’t think many understand the process, and because of this, it puts them off.'

 

Specialist Organ Donation Nurse, Irene Young, also features in the film, explaining why broaching the subject can sometimes be challenging. 

 

'It can be a taboo subject - death in itself is a taboo subject in this country,' Irene explains.

 

'It's not often discussed in families, which therefore makes donations very difficult to bring up.'

 

Jared adds: 'If people understand the idea of donating organs, if they happen to get into that sort of situation, they could save someone's life.'

 

To find out how you can become a donor, visit the organ donation website for more information. 

Author: N. Farooq

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