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 May 12

Important Information for Our Recipients:

updated 2022 May 12

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 60 years of age or greater. While the recommendation for a 4th dose is 12 weeks after your 3rd dose, the recommendation for the 5th dose is 20 weeks. The 5th dose will be available as early as 12 weeks if you wish to get it earlier.

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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New Canvas of Life

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

New Canvas of Life is a fun-filled event celebrating local artists in support of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at London Health Sciences Centre. The evening includes an Art Battle Live Painting performance, an art auction and emceed entertainment with the always-captivating Layne, The Auctionista. During the reception, guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and view the artwork created by transplant patients, donors, local artists and Canadian celebrities. Find out more at www.lhsf.ca/newcanvas

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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