'Discuss organ donation' - Rogerstone transplant mum

South Wales Argus: BACKING CAMPAIGN: Janet Rogers of Afon Village, Rogerstone had a lifesaving double lung transplant 12 months ago. She is pictured with her son Wil BACKING CAMPAIGN: Janet Rogers of Afon Village, Rogerstone had a lifesaving double lung transplant 12 months ago. She is pictured with her son Wil

A MUM whose life was saved thanks to a double lung transplant is backing a Welsh Government campaign to encourage more families to talk about organ donation.

Jan Rogers, 43, of Rogerstone, Newport, is supporting the Heart to Heart campaign, which starts today and calls on people to make a pledge to have open family discussions on their wishes in relation to organ donation and to consider signing the NHS organ donor register in the new year.

The campaign coincides with the Welsh Government introducing the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill to the National Assembly for Wales, which was done yesterday.

The Assembly will now begin the formal process of considering the bill, which introduces legislation for a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation in Wales.

Under the proposed new law, which could be in place by 2015, adults who live in Wales would be deemed to have given their consent to organ donation unless they register a wish not to be a donor [opt-out].

Two international evidence reviews: “Opt-out systems of organ donation”

and “The role of relatives in organ donation” were also published.

Part of the review found that family refusal continues to be the main factor affecting donation rates due to many not knowing of the deceased relative’s wishes.

The campaign is aiming to change this and Mrs Rogers is one of those promoting the cause.

The Argus previously reported that cystic fibrosis sufferer Mrs Rogers underwent a lung transplant in November 2010 after being given just six months to live in May 2010.

Her 16-year-old son, Will, also suffers from cystic fibrosis and may need to undergo a lung transplant in the future.

Mrs Rogers said: “Before I was in a wheelchair and needed help with things but now I can do things. I’ve got a life now.

“I think it’s extremely important for families to talk about organ donation and their wishes.”

Will added: “It’s amazing to see my mum now. It’s been a complete change.

“I would encourage all families to talk about organ donation. Talking is the first step of everything.”

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4:34pm Tue 4 Dec 12

bubbles011 says...

Totally agree with the scheme..... A heart transplant saved my brother-in-laws life back in January 2011.... He would not be here without it.... What use are the Organs to me when im gone! Its a difficult time for the family, but in the long run the decision to donate is the right decision.
Totally agree with the scheme..... A heart transplant saved my brother-in-laws life back in January 2011.... He would not be here without it.... What use are the Organs to me when im gone! Its a difficult time for the family, but in the long run the decision to donate is the right decision. bubbles011

4:34pm Tue 4 Dec 12

bubbles011 says...

Totally agree with the scheme..... A heart transplant saved my brother-in-laws life back in January 2011.... He would not be here without it.... What use are the Organs to me when im gone! Its a difficult time for the family, but in the long run the decision to donate is the right decision.
Totally agree with the scheme..... A heart transplant saved my brother-in-laws life back in January 2011.... He would not be here without it.... What use are the Organs to me when im gone! Its a difficult time for the family, but in the long run the decision to donate is the right decision. bubbles011

9:56pm Tue 4 Dec 12

lozielou says...

I totally agree this ladies story is that of my mum she would be 43 next feb and needed a double lung transplant herself sadly nearly 3yrs ago she passed away giving up the fight as she couldnt wait no longer if Every adult is on the organ diners list then more people who need that extra chance will receive it !!!
I totally agree this ladies story is that of my mum she would be 43 next feb and needed a double lung transplant herself sadly nearly 3yrs ago she passed away giving up the fight as she couldnt wait no longer if Every adult is on the organ diners list then more people who need that extra chance will receive it !!! lozielou

12:44am Wed 5 Dec 12

smokintheweed says...

I really don't want to sound flippant but the "organ diners" part of your message made me lol.
I really don't want to sound flippant but the "organ diners" part of your message made me lol. smokintheweed

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