Brazilian soccer club’s organ donor campaign makes amazing impact


You really don’t have to do much to help save a life - all it takes is signing up to be an organ donor.

That’s exactly what Brazilian soccer club SC Recife has urged its fans to do for the past two years, and the impact their campaign has already made is nothing short of amazing.

According to the BBC, 66,000 fans have signed up for SC Recife’s special “Sport Donor” card, which can easily be obtained online. As a result, Recife — Brazil’s fifth largest city — has seen its waiting list for organs reduced to almost zero, and the influence can be felt all over the state of Pernambuco.

From the BBC:

"We used to perform from five to seven heart transplants a year, but last year we achieved 28… it was an incredible increase," says Fernando Figueira, director of heart transplants at Pernambuco’s Institute of Integrated Medicine.

"There is a very tight connection between the campaign and this rise."

A television ad titled “Immortal Fans,” which is also played before each of Recife’s home games at the Ilha do Retiro stadium, spearheads the effort. In the spot, supporters in need of transplants advocate for the cause by drawing on their mutual love for the club.

"I promise that your eyes will keep on watching Sport Club Recife," says one fan in need of new corneas.

"I promise that your heart will keep on beating for Sport Club Recife," says another, who requires a heart transplant.

The success of the campaign has been noticed around the world, and Sport Recife has even been contacted by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. The two clubs are thinking about adopting similar campaigns, according to Jorge Peixoto Peixoto, the Recife’s vice president for social programs.

H/T Deadspin


Keeper helps save man’s life moments after getting sent off


Scott receives his red card. Picture by Ian Burt (EDP24)

Typically after you got sent off, you head straight to the dressing rooms, either downtrodden or in a fit of rage. For Stocksbridge keeper Ben Scott this weekend, that was never an option. He had a more important job to do: Save someone’s life.

After Scott was red-carded for a dangerous high tackle just minutes before the end of Stocksbridge’s match at King’s Lynn Town FC, a young girl ran up to him, maybe thinking that a goalkeeper can save just about anything, and notified him that a man in his 70s had collapsed in the crowd. 

Scott’s day job is as a staff nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and he quickly made his way over to the man.

Scott told the BBC:

“I started walking off the field, getting a nice bit of abuse as you do, when I noticed a young girl running past me.

“She said, ‘a gentleman’s died’, so I followed her into the crowd and came across the gentleman on the floor. His heart was in an irregular rhythm.”

Working together with members of the on-site ambulance crew, Scott said they were able to use a defibrillator to give the collapsed fan a shock, helping his heart return to a normal rhythm.

There should be little argument that Scott made his biggest save of his career.