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BC Transplant is urging more people to sign up as organ donors during National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week.
Executive director Dr. Greg Grant says when a person is fatally injured, making the decision on whether or not to allow their organs to be donated can be extremely difficult.
“When their loved one has filled out an organ donor registry card, we can bring that card to them and show them that this was something that their loved one wanted to have happen.”
BC set a record last year for number of transplants, but Grant says they still lose patients because there aren’t enough donors.
“We’ve got over 450 people on the organ transplant wait list, and we lose 13-15 patients a year, who die while they’re waiting for a transplant.”
In BC, only 18% of the population are registered organ donors.
You can sign up online at: http://www.transplant.bc.ca/index.asp