Héma-Québec highlights National Organ and Tissue Donation Week

    MONTREAL, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Within the framework of National Organ
and Tissue Donation Week from April 22 to 29, 2007, Héma-Québec would like to
emphasize that donating tissue is an act of immense generosity on the part of
the donor and takes great courage on the part of their family. Human organs
and tissues intended for transplantation can improve the quality of life of
thousands of children and adults. Those who are waiting for transplants depend
on this type of generosity.
    In addition to its role as a supplier of blood products for Québec,
Héma-Québec acts as supplier of human tissues intended for transplant. ''It
may seem like an abstract concept when we are in good health and alive, but it
is quite significant when it comes to saving a life or even improving the
quality of life of a patient waiting for a transplant,'' stated Dr. Francine
Décary, President and Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec. ''Following the
example for blood products, Héma-Québec will apply the highest standards and
use leading-edge technology to ensure the safety and adequacy of human
tissues. Our commitment is to ensure that the public and patients in Québec
hospitals have access to safe products for the transplant of human tissues,''
explained Dr. Décary.
    There are different categories of human tissues, including bone grafts
and heart valves. Héma-Québec collects, treats and distributes bone grafts to
Québec's hospitals.
    Anyone who meets the criteria may consent to a tissue donation by signing
the consent sticker that is distributed with all new health insurance cards in
Québec and affixing it to the back of the card. Potential donors can also
write to the Chambre des notaires du Québec's Organ and Tissue Donation
Consent Registry (Registre des consentements au don d'organes et de tissus).
In any case, it is important that the potential donor notifies his or her
loved ones about the consent.
    For further information on human tissue donation, visit the Human Tissues
section of the Héma-Québec Web site at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca.

    Created in 1998, Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate
quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and
cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; provide and develop expertise
along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of
transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.
    Héma-Québec is 1,300 employees, some 3,000 days of blood drives and more
than 300,000 blood donors each year, 16,000 volunteer partners and 400,000
blood products delivered each year to Québec hospitals to meet patients'
    Give blood. Give life.

For further information:

For further information: Michel Thisdel, Director, Public Affairs
(interim), (514) 832-0871

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