This Christmas I want to lift your spirits with great news. The Canadian Institute for Health Information and Canadian Blood Services have reported a 42 per cent increase in organ donations! The trend started about five years ago with dramatic increases in the past two years. Last year, 758 of the Canadians who passed away donated their organs. And that led to 2,900 life-saving organ transplants, because each deceased donor can provide up to eight organs to people awaiting an organ transplant.
Over the past 50 years organ transplants have become routine, but there has always been a shortage of donors. So much so that last year, 544 Canadians underwent surgery to donate a kidney or part of their liver so someone else could live. Last year there were over 17-hundred kidney transplants in Canada but twice as many people on dialysis are still waiting for donors.
When I heard this I went straight to Service Ontario to ensure that I am still registered as a donor. Don't laugh...people over 90 have been organ donors and people over 100 have been tissue donors! And 70 is the new 50 don't forget. It's important to register on line or in person at Service Ontario to ensure that your wishes are respected. Nobody gets out of this life alive, but imagine saving a life after you're gone! I'm Ross Kentner making waves.