Not everyone is prepared to donate a kidney while still living. No matter how skilled the medical staff, any surgery involves risks. Deceased donations, however, pose no such risk. Please take the time to register your intention to donate your organs: either on your health card, driver’s license, or through your provincial donor registry. See online links below.
WHAT ORGANS AND TISSUES CAN I DONATE?
The lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas and bowel can be donated. Tissues may include eye tissue, heart valves, bone, tendons, veins and ligaments.
More than two dozen people can be helped by a single donor. An organ donor may specify which organs and tissues he or she would like to donate.
Even though a person has signed their donor card, the family of the deceased person will be consulted in the consent process, so please discuss your desire to donate with your family.
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- Over 41,000 people in Canada are being treated for kidney failure.
- 58% are on dialysis
- 42% have a functioning transplant
- There are 4,500 people waiting for a transplant
- 75% of those on the waiting list are waiting for a kidney transplant
- In 2012, 37% of the people who died while waiting for a transplant were waiting for a kidney
- On average, kidney patients wait 4 years or more for a deceased-donor kidney transplant
- 35% of kidney transplants are made possible by living donors
- Over five years, in addition to improved health benefits and quality of life to the recipient, a kidney transplant saves the health care system $200,000 compared to the most common form of dialysis
WHERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
The following are links to register or obtain more information about becoming a donor of your organs and tissue when you die.
British Columbia: https://transplant.bc.ca/OnlineReg/bcts.asp
New Brunswick: http://www.gnb.ca/0051/0217/organ/index-e.asp
Newfoundland & Labrador: http://www.easternhealth.ca/Give.aspx?d=1&id=323&p=53
Nova Scotia: http://www.legacyoflife.ns.ca/how_to_be_a_donor/
Prince Edward Island: http://www.healthpei.ca/organandtissuedonation
Quebec (the English page): http://signezdon.gouv.qc.ca/index.php?accueil-sansjs-en