If someone desperately needs an organ, is there any point in making a special appeal?

Any special appeal usually results in more people agreeing to become donors and can increase the number of organs pledging.

However, family appeals through the newspapers and television will not result in an organ immediately becoming available for the person on whose behalf the appeal was made. The patient will still be on the waiting list, just like everyone else, and the rules that govern the matching and allocation of donor organs to recipients still apply.