Vital lessons of the lifesavers

A teaching pack about crucial organ donations has been relaunched. Elizabeth Buie reports

Elizabeth Buie

A mum whose teenage son saved the lives of five others after he died in a road accident has given her backing to a Scottish organ donation teaching pack.

Lily Turley's son Daryl was 13 when he died in 2009, and she and her husband Davy made the decision to donate Daryl's organs.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon visited Daryl's old school, Holy Cross High in Hamilton, to see teachers in action using the education pack.

First issued in 2003 and revised in 2010, the pack has been such a success that it has been relaunched and further copies have been sent to all secondaries in Scotland.

An independent evaluation of the pack showed that 98 per cent of teachers who have used it say it is relevant and engaging for students, while 88 per cent of pupils recognised the importance of organ donation and would recommend its continued use in schools.

Ms Sturgeon said: "Losing a loved one, especially someone as young as Daryl, is a traumatic experience, and I am very grateful to Lily and the rest of Daryl's family for sharing their story.

"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 pack covers the science behind transplants and organ donation; the medical issues that can lead to the need for a transplant; laws on transplants, including the impact of opting out legislation; and information on ethical and religious debates.

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