Organ transplants are important in extending the lives of people with many different diseases, including cystic fibrosis. However, a shortage of donor organs limits the number of people whose lives can be saved. In 2010, 303 people were on the lung transplant waiting list, while 178 lung transplants were performed.
Make a positive decision to become an organ donor.
It is essential to explain your decision and ask your family to respect your wishes. In most provinces, even if you have signed a donor card or registered your decision to become an organ and tissue donor, your next-of-kin will be asked to give consent before donation can occur. If your family is not aware of your intentions and/or does not agree to donate your organs, your organs will not be donated to someone in need.
To learn how to become a donor visit: www.transplant.ca/pubinfo_becomedonor.htm
Let your family and friends know that you have made the decision to become an organ donor. Ask them to think about Canadians whose lives depend on the decisions made by other Canadians not directly affected by the organ donation shortage. Everyone is a potential donor, regardless of age. The oldest Canadian organ donor was 90 years of age and the oldest tissue donor was 102.
Canadian Institute for health Information- Canadian Organ Replacement Register (CORR):
Canadian Transplant Association:
Canadian Association of Transplantation:
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