Be A Donor!
Did you know that ONE organ donor can save up to 8 lives? And that a tissue donation from one individual can help up to 75 others? If you have been thinking about signing an organ donation card, this week might be a good time to actually do it.
It’s National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week!
If you are at least 16 years old and have a valid Ontario Health Number, you are considered eligible to register your consent online to become an organ and tissue donor.
Almost 3 years ago exactly (April 27th, 2009) I registered to become an organ and tissue donor. If you are interested in learning more about organ donation and how to register, visit beadonor.ca. You can refer to UHN’s intranet page as well: http://intranet.uhn.ca/departments/organ_tissue/index.asp.
Here is a summary of some organ donation statistics for the year 2012 (click here for more details):
Total Ontario Donors (i.e. at least one organ has been retrieved and transplanted): 163
Total Transplants Performed: 366
Total on Waiting List: 1501