How to Save a Life: The Truth About Organ and Tissue Donation
Organ and Tissue donation is an important cause and has the ability to save many lives. If you are thinking of registering to donate, it is important to be well-informed in order to make an educated decision.
Many people mistakenly believe that their age or medical history makes them ineligible to be an organ or tissue donor. The physical and medical condition of the organs and tissue will be assessed at the time of death and will determine what can be donated. Anyone 16 years of age regardless of their medical condition is encouraged to register consent for organ and tissue donation in Ontario.
On www.beadonor.ca you can listen to stories from adults and children whose lives have been saved by organ donors. You will hear about a young girl named Ryley who had an enlarged heart and needed a heart transplant when she was only a few months old. The transplant saved her life and her family is so thankful. Ryley is now an active six year old child with her whole life ahead of her.
If you do choose to register your consent, your registered donation decision is stored in a confidential Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care database and is only disclosed at end of life to your family for the purposes of honouring your decision. Organ and tissue donation has no financial impact on one’s family or estate and donation does not impact funeral arrangements. Also, you can withdraw or change your donor registration at any time.
To register your consent, or to check your registration status in Ontario visit www.beadonor.ca. To learn more information about organ and tissue donation visit www.giftoflife.on.ca or contact Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario’s agency responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplantation, at 1-800-263-2833 or by email at email@example.com.
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