Organ donation saves lives!
For many people, an organ transplant provides a new beginning. As you read this, there are people in Newfoundland and Labrador waiting for a transplant – in fact they are among the 4,500 Canadians who wait for this often life-saving procedure every year.
The reality is that some will die waiting. In a province where we are all connected, where everyone knows everyone, it could be someone you know. It could be you.
You are 6 times more likely to need a transplant than to be a donor!
We all have the ability to make an impact – simply by indicating your “Intent to Donate” when completing your Medical Care Plan (MCP) application or renewal form.
As one mother says about the gift of life that saved her son, “Although we know nothing of our donor or his/her family, they hold a special place within our family and we hope and pray that they find comfort in the fact that other lives were changed so remarkably by their amazing gift.”
Pat Loder tells the story of her family’s decision to donate their son Jeff’s organs after he tragically passed away in 2016.
Have the conversation with your family
It is very important that you discuss your intention to donate your organs or tissues with your family and let them know what you want in the event of a sudden loss or tragedy. Family members will feel better about their decision if they know your wishes in advance.
Even though you may indicate your desire to donate, your next of kin has the final decision. Timing is critical when it comes to organ and tissue donation. Have the Talk.
For more information:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Call 709-777-6600 or Toll free 1-877-640-1110
Check out these other stories and videos about the impact of organ donation:
Sue and Robbie Thompson share the stories of Robbie’s transplant journeys.