Multi-Organ Transplant Program

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Welcome to the Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Canada. This website provides information about the donation and transplantation process in London and the surrounding area.

The MOTP is one of the leading transplant programs in Canada, performing about 200 transplants annually. More than 6,000 Canadians have received transplants, including kidney, liver, heart, kidney-pancreas, pancreas, and multi-organ transplantation.

The London region has one of the highest organ donation rates across all of Canada. Yet, in order to continue helping our patients, we need to continue increasing public commitment to discuss organ donation wishes with family members and also register consent through Service Ontario: https://beadonor.ca/lhsc.

Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives, but at any given time there are more than 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and every three days one of them dies while waiting. The green ribbon is the international symbol to show support for organ donation and transplantation.

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This is an opportunity to ask LHSC Transplant Experts your questions. Check our FAQs or click on Ask our Experts and see if the answer is there.

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Can't find your answer? Send your question to motslhsc@lhsc.on.ca  and if the questions are of interest to other recipients we will include the answers here.

updated 2022 July 18

Important Information for Our Recipients:

updated 2022 July 18

Evusheld:

Evusheld has been approved for all transplant recipients – please read the attached letter from our transplant program as well as the patient information handout from Ontario Health.

Evusheld is a drug that may help prevent you from getting sick from COVID-19. It is NOT a treatment for COVID-19 and is NOT used to prevent symptoms if you test positive. Most importantly Evusheld is NOT a substitute for getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Evusheld is a combination of 2 antibodies that are given separately during the same visit. The major difference between Evusheld and vaccines is: Evusheld are antibodies that are injected into you. Vaccines stimulate the antibodies in your own system.

If you have had COVID-19, you need to wait 3 months before you can receive Evusheld.

Timing around COVID-19 vaccines:

  • You need to wait 2 weeks after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • If you receive Evusheld, you will need to wait 3 months for your next COVID-19 vaccine booster.

At this point the vaccine offers you better protection, we recommend being up to date on your vaccine boosters prior to getting Evusheld.

Booster Shots:

Three doses of a vaccine are considered your primary doses. Anything after that is a 'booster' dose. 5th doses have been approved in Ontario for transplant recipients 18 years of age or greater. While the recommendation for booster doses is 20 weeks after your last dose, booster doses are available to transplant recipients as early as 12 weeks.

It is difficult to advise you how long to wait as this depends on your antibody response. We know that the antibody response in transplant patients is less than in the general public. This is true for many of the vaccines that you will receive. Remember that antibodies are only one part of your immune system’s response to COVID-19. An antibody test will not tell you the whole story of how effective a vaccine may be. Also, it is not yet known which antibody level correlates with protection against severe COVID. Antibody testing will therefore, give you very little useful information and is not covered by OHIP.

If you are an LHSC recipient and require a referral, email us with your name, health card number and the type of organ transplant you received.

We have received many questions regarding Pfizer versus Moderna - both are effective regardless of what your first doses were. Most of you will receive Moderna for your booster and you should not be concerned about this.
The general public receives 1/2 dose Moderna for their booster shots - Transplant recipients should receive a full dose Moderna dose. The Vaccine Clinics should be aware of this. Please check with them when you go for your booster.

Public Health Precautions:

It is important that you continue to practice safe COVID-19 measures including physical distancing, wearing a mask while indoors and hand washing.

Please avoid any unnecessary travel.

Do not hesitate to contact your transplant team if you have any questions or concerns.

If you are an LHSC transplant recipient and would like to be notified by email with COVID-19 updates as we get them, please provide your name, type of organ transplant and preferred email address to motslhsc@lhsc.on.ca.

Important Information for Patients on LHSC Transplant Waiting Lists or Being Assessed at LHSC for a Transplant:

updated 2021 Oct 19

As you know, COVID-19 is continues to be a major public health problem. Transplant patients are at a higher risk than the general public of becoming very ill or dying from COVID-19 if they become infected. After transplant, transplant patients have a much lower response to the COVID-19 vaccine than the general public because of the anti-rejection drugs. Therefore, it is very important for your health and the best chance for success after transplant that you get your vaccine before your transplant. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It has been given to millions of people including those waiting for transplants. For these reasons, the Multi Organ Transplant Program at LHSC has a procedure requiring patients to have at least two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine before they are active on the transplant waiting list. You will be asked for proof of vaccine – a copy of your vaccine receipt can be emailed to your Transplant Team at motslhsc@lhsc.on.ca. If you are not vaccinated, you will be placed on hold until one week after your second dose. Every patient case is unique and we know that there may be situations where you are not able to get the vaccine. These include medical exemptions, the need for urgent transplant or other specific situations. Exemptions to this are the same as those recommended by the Ontario Ministry of Health and will be considered on a case by case basis and must be approved by your Transplant Team. If you think that you qualify for an exemption, you need to discuss this with your Transplant Team.

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Move for Life 1600km Relay

Move for Life 1600km Relay

AUGUST 1-5, 2022 | STARTING AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AUGUST 1, 1PM RECEPTION, 2PM DEPARTURE

From August 1-6, 2022 the Move for Life Foundation will be completing a 1600 km relay across Ontario. The number 1600 is very important as it represents the number of individuals waiting for an organ transplant in the province of Ontario. 

The relay will be completed by walking, running, biking, and swimming for 24 hours/day until the distance is covered. The route is divided into 10 sections, with each section being tackled by a dedicated team of amazing volunteers. Through their efforts, these ambitious volunteers look to raise awareness to reduce wait times for organ transplantation in Ontario. Ultimately, the funds raised will support the Multi-Organ Transplant unit and our ‘Abdominal Region Perfusion’ (ARP) program, which will be the first in Canada.

To learn more or support the cause, go to their website.

New Canvas of Life Logo

New Canvas of Life

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 | 6:30 - 10:00 P.M. | MUSEUM LONDON

Join us on September 13, 2022, at Museum London for a fun-filled event celebrating local artists in support of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at London Health Sciences Centre. Tickets are $100 each and are now available for purchase.

Online Art Auction: September 6 - 13, 2022      

Find out more at www.lhsf.ca/newcanvas

We are committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of all in attendance, especially those who may be vulnerable and/or immunocompromised. As such, attendees will be required to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 and will need to provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID upon arrival. Please see our COVID-19 Protocol page for more information.

In the News

A chance to create new memories: Heart transplant offers the gift of life (LHSC 2022 Apr 28)

Answering the call: Offering the gift of life to a fellow officer (LHSC 2022 Apr 26)

London's lake-crossing liver recipient gives $150K for transplant equipment (London Free Press 2021 Dec 27)

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