A record number of Ontario residents have registered to be organ donors, according to numbers released today by the Trillium Gift of Life Network.
Trillium Gift of Life Network coordinators were involved in over 3,000 end-of-life conversations between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, that provided information and support to help the family of potential donors make a lifesaving choice in the event of their death.
Not to mention, within the same timeframe, the families of deceased donors saved the lives of over 1200 transplant recipients in Ontario, and enhance the lives of thousands more through tissue donation.
If you’re debating a decision to sign up as an organ donor, you may want to ponder the following statistics if you’re in need of some inspiration (all data is now available here).
– 271 deceased organ donors helped to save the lives of 960 transplant recipients.
– 278 living organ donors helped to save the lives of a further 213 kidney recipients and 65 liver recipients
– 1953 tissue donors enhanced the lives of thousands of Ontarians through the gift of eyes, skin, heart valves, and bone.
– The provincial registration rate has reached 27 per cent of the eligible population, which means 3.2 million Ontarians are now registered donors.
– The average conversion rate – how frequently potential organ donors go on to save lives through donation – was 55 per cent, up from 52 per cent in 2013/14.
As a result, Ontario continues to be a leader in transplant and donation in Canada (and we can only hope that the other provinces follow suit). As you never know when someone you love could be one of those in need of a transplant or donation, think of it as simply thinking ahead.
To sign up as a donor yourself, visit www.BeADonor.ca.