Today in Ontario, there are more than 1,600 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and enhance as many as 75 through the gift of tissue. Halton Healthcare is proud to be one of the hospitals in Ontario working with Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) to save lives through organ and tissue donation.
The reality is that the opportunity for organ donation is rare. While all of us have the potential to be an organ and/or tissue donor, you are five times more likely to need an organ transplant during your lifetime than you will have the opportunity to donate one. On average, only 2-3% of hospital deaths occur in circumstances that will permit a person to become an organ donor, which means it is crucial that hospital staff be familiar with the criteria a person must meet to be an organ donor and know when the call to Trillium Gift of Life Network must be made.
“One organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and enhance 75 others through the gift of tissue, says Ronnie Gavsie, TGLN President and CEO. “Trillium Gift of Life Network works hard to save lives every day through organ donation and transplant, but it is not possible without our hospital partners. Your commitment of donation makes transplant possible.”