But, acceptance of donor cards
had always been a major concern for patients.
Organ Donor Awareness Week - RTE's Joe Duffy is its ambassador - has been encouraging people to carry a donor card
Organ Donor Cards
can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association LoCall 1890 543639.
Pope Benedict, 83, had a donor card
back in 1999, six years before he was elected to the papacy, and at the time, he described the donation as an "act of love", saying he carried it, with all his personal details on it, at all times.
Anyone who simply has a pink dot sticker on their license or carries a donor card
with their signature is not registered.
Should people have to carry a donor card
or should it be presumed that everyone will donate organs?
More than a million Scots carry donor cards
but three out of four do not.
The former system of having potential organ donors put a pink dot sticker on their driver's license and carry a donor card
was ineffective, said Taubman, a kidney recipient and president of the San Fernando Valley/Ventura chapter of TRIO -- Transplant Recipient International Organization.
Another interesting finding is that choosing to sign a donor card
is somehow tied to individual religious beliefs and other attitudes that contribute to perspectives on perceptions of life and death.
TKPA Secretary, Caroline Quinn, said: "This story has a moral, just one signature on a donor card
can have astonishing results as Michelle has shown, so if you haven't already got one, carry a donor card
He carried a donor card
and, although devastated by their sudden and traumatic loss, his family decided to honour his wishes.
She urged everyone to considering carrying a donor card
and said she hoped that by 2010 the number of people on the official Organ Donor Register would have risen from 10.