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 October 14

Important Information for Our Recipients:

updated 2022 September 14

For information on COVID-19 Vaccines or Evusheld, refer to Ask the Experts.

Public Health Precautions:

While Ontario has dropped many of its COVID-19 public safety requirements including masking, 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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In the News

Kidney transplant recipient donates $1 million to LHSC urology division (CTV News 2022 Sep 20)

Parents of Humboldt Broncos player raising awareness for organ donation in Ontario (CTV News 2022 Sep 12)

Group of Ontarians relay 1600km for organ transplant program donations (CTV News 2022 Aug 06)

Heart transplant recipient plans special proposal at University Hospital in London, Ontario (Global News 2022 Aug 29)

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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