The Aido division for the Province of Alessandria (a volunteer group in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Alessandria hospital will soon start a new service that they have called the “Nicholas’ room” (named for ‘our’ Nicholas) to denote an environment of serenity to give psychological support not just to the families of organ donors but also to those who decided not to donate. “These people do not deserve to be judged, but must be supported and helped,” the group’s president, Nadia Biancato, said.
“That ‘no’ said in a dramatic moment can lead to beautiful unselfish deeds in the future.” It can also stimulate them to talk of their experience so that others might make different decisions about organ donation, she added.
The plan is to extend the project to all other areas of Piedmont. The City of Health hospital in Turin, Piedmont’s capital, already runs a similar project for donor families and has been very pleased with the results but the Alessandria version is the first in Italy to include non-donors.
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