Ontario has reached an exciting milestone in organ and tissue donation awareness, with 30 per cent of Ontarians having registered their decision to donate organs and/or tissue at end of life. Even more inspiring is the registration rate in London and region which has climbed to 39 per cent – an increase from 29 per cent just five years ago.
"Our region is fortunate to have one of the highest organ and tissue donor rates in Canada, which was built on a long history of altruism and community awareness of the benefit of transplantation,” says Dr. Anthony Jevnikar, co-director of LHSC’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP). “By building on this strong culture of organ and tissue donation through registration and greater awareness, more lives are being saved and improved through transplant.”
The research, clinical innovation and expertise of the staff and physicians at the MOTP have been saving lives and improving patient outcomes for more than 30 years. Their work would not be possible without the compassion of organ donors and their families.
Since 2011, the registration rate in Ontario has climbed steadily from 21 per cent; a growth that would not have been possible without the strong support of all of Ontario’s hospitals and hospital staff, including LHSC.
"On behalf of Trillium Gift of Life Network, thank you to London Health Sciences Centre for helping us to reach an exciting milestone and for your ongoing support in helping to save lives through organ and tissue donation,” says Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network.
Remember: registration saves lives, and just as important is to ensure you have discussed your wishes with your family. When families know their loved one’s wishes they almost always consent to donation. If you have not yet registered your consent to become an organ donor, visit beadonor.ca/lhsc – it just takes two minutes and your health card. Anyone over the age of 16 can register and people of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. And even if a person has signed a donor card, they still need to register online or by visiting a ServiceOntario centre as donor cards are no longer used in Ontario.