Health - Donations of a different kind

29th January 2010 at 00:00

When 11-year-old Rachel Warden died of a brain haemorrhage, her organs were donated, saving three lives.

Her story is one of three featured in a video accompanying a new teaching pack, which aims to raise awareness of organ-donation issues.

The resource was launched by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon last week at Clydebank High, the school attended by Rachel's brother; Rachel was also due to move up to the school from primary.

The video also features two other real-life stories from families which have been affected in some way by organ donation, a transplant surgeon, an intensive care consultant and a donor-transplant co-ordinator who works with hospital staff and donor families.

Ms Sturgeon said: "No one wants to think about their own death, but it is important that young people throughout Scotland learn about the realities of organ donation.

"From the age of 12, they can decide for themselves whether they want to donate their organs in the event of their death. By raising awareness of donation and transplantation, dispelling the myths behind the medical science and discussing the ethics, we can ensure they are able to make an informed choice."

The Organ Donation Teaching Resource Pack is aimed at S2-6 pupils and will be distributed to schools over the coming weeks.

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