Shivum’s father, Bharat, fell ill suddenly one morning in May 2019 at home. He sadly never regained consciousness and died a few days later in hospital. He had suffered a cardiac arrest causing hundreds of tiny strokes. He was only 63. The family had never spoken about organ donation. However, Shivum and his family did agree to organ donation, but it was a decision that could have been made easier if they’d had the conversation.
Shivum has led NHS Blood & Transplant’s “Leave Them Certain” campaign, which aims to highlight the impact not knowing has on the families who are left behind and to encourage people to talk about their decision about organ donation.
Shivum says, “My father was a very giving person. He did charity work and was a strong believer in the Hindu act of Sewa or service to God. When the specialist nurse approached us about organ donation, we made our decision. We knew that helping others in need was what my father would have wanted.”
“But I wish we had spoken about it to know for certain and I would urge others to take the opportunity while they still can.”