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Ava Hainey, who received a liver transplant.
Ava Hainey, who received a liver transplant.

If you want to be an organ donor, don’t keep it to yourself.

By saying the seven words, ‘I’d like to be an organ donor’, up to seven lives can be saved.

Although Scotland has the highest percentage of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in the UK, talking about your organ donation wishes can make all the difference.

Over the last five years, almost two thirds of people who donated their organs in Scotland weren’t actually on the Register at the time of their death.

So it’s important to consider your wishes and let loved ones know what you want to happen to you. It could mean the world to the 600 people in Scotland currently waiting on a life-saving transplant.

Little Ava Hainey celebrated her first birthday in October 2013, just four months after undergoing a liver transplant which saved her.

Ava was born with a life-threatening condition and rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia which meant that the bile ducts surrounding her liver were blocked.

Ashley said: “Ava wasn’t putting on weight, she had bad nappies and her jaundice came back. The health visitor advised we should get blood tests, and they showed Ava had very high levels of bilirubin. We didn’t know what to expect, but the next day the doctor told us it was likely Ava would need an operation.”

Ashley and Ava went to Yorkhill and Ava underwent a week of scans and tests, which indicated she had Biliary Atresia, a disease only around five babies a year are born with in Scotland.

Ava was flown to the Children’s Liver Unit at Leeds General Infirmary, where further tests confirmed her diagnosis.

“I can’t describe what the transplant has done for Ava. It’s like having totally different baby.

“You only have to look at what organ donation did for my baby to see the difference.”