Local Doctors Push For Organ Donations During National Donate Life Month

Following Humboldt Broncos bus crash, BC sees sixfold increase in organ donor registrations

The Canadian Transplant Society (CTS) says it has seen a "huge" increase in the number of young people signing up as organ donors.

Many Canadians chose to become organ donors, inspired by the example of the young Logan Boulet team Humboldt Broncos, who was killed in a awful accident in Saskatchewan.

"Sometimes you think about it when something bad happens to you or a loved one, because we don't sit around talking about death at the dinner table most days".

"There's a sensitivity, even in 2018, about organ donation and transplantation and it needs to be diminished", she said. "Life is so short".

Ronnie Gavsie, the president and CEO of Trillium, said people across the country have taken heart in Boulet's story. "His legacy will go on and on as an example to all Canadians of the importance of thinking about giving the gift of life today".

The government is now looking to further improve the supply of donations by introducing an opt-out system for organ donation, meaning it will be assumed that people are willing to donate their organs unless otherwise specified.




According to reports, only 20% of Canadians have card potential organ donors, although, according to surveys, 90% of the population support this initiative.

And according to Midwest Transplant Network's research, 95 percent of people across the US support the concept of organ donation, yet only about 54 percent are registered.

In Utah alone, there are around 800 people waiting to receive a transplant.

Michelle Vanderhart, a mother of three in Fort MacCleod, Alta., said her two-year-old son Mason is one of the people for whom the decision to register could mean the difference between life and death.

"In the absence of the facilities at the GMC, the blood samples of the donors and the recipients are sent to Mumbai for tissue typing or matching which at times could be inconvenient and hence there is a need to set up these facilities at the GMC", said a senior faculty member.

Gavsie adds that one organ donor can save the lives of eight people.

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