Symbol To Save Lives
Green is the symbol for life. Appropriately, the green ribbon is the symbol of how we can save lives.
Over 4000 Canadians are awaiting a transplant and unfortunately 230 Canadians died in 2012 waiting transplant. In 2012, there were 1029 organ and tissue donors (deceased and live donors) in Canada resulting in 2,225 organ transplants. There is a truly a gap.
I believe that many more Canadians want to donate, but life gets in the way and we forget to sign our donor’s card and have the discussion with our loved ones. If you are okay with donating, take the opportunity during this awareness week to sign your card and discuss it with your family. Someone may be counting on you.
Things I didn’t know…
- To be a deceased organ and tissue donors, you must die in a hospital with your body supported by a ventilator. If you die at home or in the community, you cannot donate your organs.
- Organ and tissue donors, can even donate after death include the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, and small bowel.
- Living donors can provide a kidney or part of their liver as well as bone marrow.
- Almost everyone can donate tissues within certain time limits after death.
- Tissues that can be donated include corneas from eyes, heart valves, bones and skin.
- Transplantation success rates are excellent. Between 80-95 per cent of patients are doing well one year after their transplant.
- There were 15.5 deceased organ donors in Canada per million population in 2012, compared to 26 per million in the U.S. and 36 per million in Spain, the country with the highest donation rate.
Beverly’s Hot Tips for Celebrating National Organ and Tissue Donors Awareness Week:
- Having “organ donor” noted on your driver’s license or carrying a donor card or provincial health card is not all you have to do to become a donor. While a signed donor card and a driver’s license with an “organ donor” designation are legal documents, organ and tissue donation is always discussed with family members prior to the donation. For that reason, it is very important that you discuss your wishes with your family.
- Don’t let the busyness of life get in the way of saving a live.
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