Organ and tissue donor registration saves and enhances lives
TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Last year in Ontario, more deceased
donors than ever before gave the gift of tissue. New numbers released
by Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) show that in 2013, there were
more than 1,800 tissue donors, up from 1,702 in 2012.
"Often when people think of donation they think of the lives saved
through organ donation, which is an amazing gift," says Ronnie Gavsie,
TGLN President and CEO. "What many people may not realize is that one
donor can also enhance the lives of up 75 people through the gift of
tissue. The potential to become a tissue donor is far greater than an
organ donor and the impact is profound for the recipients."
Donated skin was an essential part of Ralph Walker's treatment following
a propane explosion in 2006 that left him with burns to 90 per cent of
"The use of donated tissue was instrumental not only in my recovery, but
also my survival," he says. "Without it I would not be here today."
Tissue donation can enhance lives in a multitude of ways: a cornea
transplant can restore sight; a heart valve replacement can help a
child with a congenital heart condition be able to play and thrive; and
bone grafts repair or rebuild diseased bone, helping to restore
Though the number of tissue donors has been increasing for the past few
years, there are still not enough donors to meet demand so hospitals
must import tissue from outside of Ontario to meet the needs of
When people in Ontario register their decision to donate at www.BeADonor.ca, they are given the opportunity to register consent for both organ and
New data available today at www.BeADonor.ca shows that as of December 31, 2013, 2.84 million or 24 per cent of
Ontarians have registered their consent to save lives through organ and
tissue donation, an increase of 58,922 registrations since September
One tissue donor can enhance the lives of up to 75 people.
Tissue that can be donated for transplant in Ontario: corneas, bone,
skin, and heart valves.
TGLN works with hospitals and five tissue banks in Ontario to facilitate
tissue donation: the Eye Bank of Canada, The Hospital for Sick
Children's Tissue Laboratory, the Ontario Professional Firefighters
Skin Bank, Mount Sinai Allograft Technologies, and Lake Superior Centre
for Regenerative Medicine.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives.
Most families consent to donating their loved ones' organs and tissue if
evidence of their registration is provided.
Communities with the most improved organ and tissue donor registration
rates, from September 30 to December 31, 2013: Penetanguishene (4%),
Essex (4%), Midland (4%), Parry Sound South Shore (4%), and Arnprior
It is very simple to register consent for organ and tissue donation in
Ontario: at www.BeADonor.ca, at any ServiceOntario centre or by mail, download a copy of the
consent form at www.giftoflife.on.ca
Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the
Government of Ontario responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating
and supporting organ and tissue donation for transplantation across
Ontario and improving the system so that more lives can be saved.
SOURCE: Trillium Gift of Life Network
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Trillium Gift of Life Network