Conner Marshall: Murdered organ donor’s story used in schools

The BBC reports that the story of an organ donor who was brutally murdered is part of a new education pack aimed at teaching school children more about donation. 

Conner Marshall’s family decided to donate his organs after he was fatally assaulted in Porthcawl in 2015.

The Welsh Government has launched the organ donation education resource for secondary pupils in key stages 3 and 4.

In 2015 Wales was the first country in the UK to move to a soft ‘opt-out’ system of consent to organ donation. It means that a person must state they do not wish to donate their organs otherwise consent is presumed, unless a relative over-rules that decision.

Chief medical officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton said: “It’s important that children and young people are given as much information as possible, in a sensitive and engaging way, so they can make an informed decision about organ donation and encouraging their families to have the chat at home.”

An interview with Nadine Marshall, Conner’s mother, detailing her son’s story has been included in the Welsh Government lesson pack for schools.

Mrs Marshall said: “I think it’s really important young people are listened to and given the opportunity to talk about organ donation at school and college.”

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