Facebook has launched a new feature that lets users identify themselves as an organ donors on their timeline in the hope that it will encourage more people to donate.
Starting today people can designate themselves as a donor in the “Health and Wellness” section of their profile, which is found by clicking on “Life Events” — they can also choose to make the option public or private.
The feature is being rolled out in the US and UK first, and it is not clear when, or if it will be made available in Australia. I will keep updated my Australian readers.
Facebook users who designate themselves as an organ donor can also include a personal story and where they registered.
For people who are not registered donors, Facebook is providing a link so they can sign up.
Australia’s Organ and Tissue Authority says it is interested in having the feature launch here providing it suits the local donor system.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said millions of people were waiting for organs worldwide and he hoped the new feature would encourage people to donate.
Let’s face it, no one is safe from an accident or a brutal death, and if you could save 3 or 4 others people lives with your organs, you should be a organ donor, because when you are dead it’s too late. You could save families, kids, anyone who are really sick and are on a waiting list for an organ for years. When you are dead, well you are dead! and if you believe in reincarnation or soul, no problem they don’t need your dead body.
I am an organ donor for years, it’s on my driving licence, I am registered with all Australian hospitals, of course I want die old but you never know. If I have to die tomorrow (after finishing writing this article) I will be so happy that my heart, liver, tissues or lungs could help someone else, because I wouldn’t need them anymore.
I’ve already told my closest friends and family, now I guess with this article to the world too, it is important to be an organ donor and I would like you to think about it and to discuss it with your love ones.
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