Ontario Had the Best Year Regarding Organ Donations and Transplants

The year 2019 was a record year for organ donations and transplants in Ontario, Trillium Gift of Life Network stated. The province has registered 1,386 organ transplants and 684 deceased and living organ donors, a 13 percent increase over the prior year.

Trillium Gift of Life Network​ has reached record-breaking results all over its organ and tissue donation and transplant system known internationally due to a mixture of enlarged protocols, innovative treatments, and efficient leading practices.

“More Ontarians than ever before gave and received the gift of life last year thanks to the collaboration among our forward-thinking hospital partners, dedicated stakeholder groups, and hard-working staff,” said Ronnie Gavsie, CEO and President of Trillium Gift of Life Network. “These achievements inspire us to do more. We will continue to work with fervor toward a day when no Ontarian dies on the waitlist due to a lack of an organ or tissue.”

You Can Be a Donor Too

Kitchener has placed ahead of the provincial medium for registered donors, 41 percent, when compared to 34 percent, respectively. Gavsie also stated that a higher transplant number is mainly allocated to more advanced technology.

“There are 23 people in Kitchener on the waitlist for a lifesaving, medically urgent transplant,” said Gavsie. “We need every potential donor to be converted to an actual donor with a recipient receiving the gift of life, and it can only be done with family consent.”

Gavsie also explained that registering to be a donor is a simple process. You need the OHIP number, with which you register on Be a Donor, here. Locally, St. Mary’s General Hospital and Grand River Hospital have been recognized for their attempts and achievements in organ and tissue donations.

“Organ and tissue donations and transplants play an important role in saving and enhancing the lives of many Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.​

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