Offspring character's death keeps health services hopeful
THE shock death of popular Offspring character Patrick Reid in last night's episode may have triggered one positive consequence.
The popular character was a registered organ donor and the Organ and Tissue Authority hopes the heartfelt episode may encourage others to consider donating organs.
"Last night's episode of Network 10's Offspring highlighted the situation that families face when the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one raises the potential for organ and tissue donation,' a spokeswoman said.
The character Nina (Proudman) was able to confirm that Patrick had made a decision to become an organ donor should the situation arise, because they had previously discussed it.
"The Organ and Tissue Authority welcomes the contribution of such programs that sensitively convey why it is so vital we share our wishes with our loved ones."
The authority's spokeswoman said they hope the death on the TV episode, which created a storm on social media, will boost organ donation registrations.
"It is hoped that the episode encourages Australians to make and share their decision about organ and tissue donation," she said.
The episode drew 1.06 million viewers in the five major capital cities and brought many viewers to tears.
North Coast Area Health Service also said they were hopeful the television episode would promote discussions about organ donation.
Patrick Reid died as a result of being clipped by a car on the way to love interest Nina's baby shower, in what appeared at first as a minor accident.
He hit his head in the accident, resulting in swelling and breeding of the brain and died in surgery.
Despite being pronounced dead, Patrick was kept on a respirator because he was an organ donor.
Head to donatelife.gov.au to find tips on how to have a discussion with family and friends about becoming an organ donor
If you wish to register as an organ donor visit humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/australian-organ-donor-register.