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Quick Facts About Organ and Tissue Donation In Ontario

These quick facts provide a glance at the top line issues surrounding organ and tissue donation. Like the myths and misconception document, these work well to bolster your social media and email activity.

1,500 ONTARIANS WAITING

  • Currently in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant.
  • Every three days someone in Ontario dies waiting for a life-saving transplant.
  • Less than 25% of eligible Ontarians have registered consent to donate.
  • Families of registered donors almost always consent to donate their loved ones’ organs and tissue when they see evidence of their loved one’s donation decision. In the absence of a registered donation decision, families consent only 50% of the time.

SAVE EIGHT LIVES

  • One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation as well as enhance the lives of up to 75 others through tissue donation.
  • Everyone is a potential organ and tissue donor, regardless of his/her age. The oldest Canadian organ donor was over 90 years old, while the oldest tissue donor was 102.
  • Organs and tissues that can be donated include: heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, small bowel, stomach, corneas, heart valves, bone and skin.

ABOUT ORGAN AND TISSUE DONOR REGISTRATION

  • It takes two minutes to register consent through www.BeADonor.ca/HaltonHealthcare
  • Your donation decision is confidential and is only disclosed after death to share with your family so they can honor your wishes.
  • You can change or withdraw consent at any time.
  • When you register you can decide to donate or exclude specific organs and tissues.
  • A signed donor card does not mean you are registered. Visit www.BeADonor.ca/HaltonHealthcare to check your status or to register for the first time.                                               

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