Organ Donation

Creating A Culture Of Organ And Tissue Donation Saves Lives

William Osler Health System | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
William Osler Health System

The shift in the culture has meant that every department at Osler -- from the ER to the OR -- now see it as a priority that all families are given the opportunity to choose donation. Families can find hope in knowing that there is the potential to save eight lives through organ donation and up to 75 more through tissue donation.

Let's Take The 'Kid' Out Of Kidney Disease

Todd Hauptman | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Todd Hauptman

Kidney disease is a serious condition that can affect anyone at any age, including children. Twelve children are on dialysis in B.C., almost 150 with non-dialysis chronic kidney disease and another 50 are in post-transplant care. These numbers may appear small but the impact on their lives is significant.

N.B. Mom Devastated She Can't Donate Kidney To Her Sick Son

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Parents

A review panel maintained a previous decision preventing her from acting as a donor.

Millions In Ontario Register As Organ Donors, Breaking Records And Saving Lives

CP | Matt Ingram, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - He was a father, a fiance, a real go-getter and, in the end, he also saved lives.Aaron Murray was driving home after a long day of work, col...

Where Your Body Goes When You Donate It To Science

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living

'If I can give back to the health profession that helped me, then that is a great thing.'

Public Appeals for Live Organ Donors Aren't Selfish

Jennifer Chandler | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jennifer Chandler

The public response to the appeal on behalf of Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators hockey team, for a liver donor has been a heart-warming demonstration of the generosity of our community. Fortunately, a donor was found and the transplant was performed in time to save his life. But is it fair that he received a donation when many others are waiting, and dying, on the waitlist for a transplant? This is one of the common themes in the commentary in the news over the past few days.

The Cycling Cleric's Inspiration - The Ultimate Gift From One Brother to Another

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Some call him a hero, but Imad Zammar says that if his mom, Freida Zammar, is present, she is quick to correct them and say, "he's not a hero -- he did what you are supposed to do -- for family." Maybe, but not everyone saves their older brother's life by giving him a kidney. And that is exactly what Zammar did.

'Part Of My Son Is Still Alive'

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents

Even though Sue Ellen Monaghan’s son is no longer alive, she can still listen to his heartbeat. The Portland. Ore., woman’s 25-year-old son Tim...

Your Choice Not to Vaccinate Your Kid Puts My Son's Life in Jeopardy

Mallory Olsheski | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Mallory Olsheski

There are 136 cases of measles in Quebec. The disease is spreading fast considering that this outbreak was allegedly caused by a single returnee from a Disney vacation where the outbreak started. Like a run away freight train, measles will jump person to person and eventually make it here. Is my son who had a heart transplant and can't be vaccinated protected? I sure hope so. If you don't want to vaccinate, don't. But when measles is out there, an airborne illness that is so easily spread, please keep your child home. Don't make choices for my child too.

Mother Of 9-Month-Old With Renal Failure Makes Case For Organ Donation

CBC | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living

The mother of a nine-month-old baby with stage four renal failure is hoping to raise awareness about organ donation. Ashley Barnaby's son Zaccari B...

B.C. Teen With Rare Cancer Sends Important Reminder In Video

The Huffington Post B.C. | Hillary Nguyen-Don | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A 14-year-old Vancouver Island girl with a rare liver cancer has made a video to encourage others to donate their organs after they die. Tessa Will...

To Save Lives, Canada Needs More Diverse Organ Donors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The chance to save lives is simple--become an organ donor. The chance that someone from a particular ethnic group will receive an organ, like Canada's aboriginal and South Asian populations, is a little more complicated. We're a diverse country, but does our donor pool match that diversity? In Ontario's predominantly caucasian communities, up to 50 per cent of residents are registered. But in more diverse areas like the GTA, the registration rate is around 14 per cent.

Ontario Needs More Organ Donors

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - The provincial agency that co-ordinates organ transplants warns many of the 1,500 people in Ontario on the waiting list may die because ther...

Rehtaeh Lives On Through Organ Donation

Glen Canning | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

Rehtaeh Parsons will live on in the lives of others thanks to the organ donations made after her death. I received a letter from an organ recipient. This unnamed person found out this year they needed a new heart. Their family and friends were scared because they almost died. Then the words hit me, the recipient is "only 17 years old." Rehtaeh's age.

If We Can Help, Why Wouldn't We?

Rumeet Billan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada
Rumeet Billan

It's easy to say that you would help, but actually doing something becomes a bit more challenging. After a discussion with my family, I filled out th...

WATCH: Helene Campbell Finally Boogies With Ellen

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada Impact

Helene Campbell is discovering that being Canada's most high-profile organ donor advocate allows her to get up close with some celebrities and very pe...

'My Dad Gave Me His Kidney'

2 For Couples | Melissa Wilson | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Impact

When I was a toddler and was limping instead of walking, my parents began to suspect something was wrong. I went to numerous specialists to try and fi...

B.C. Organ Transplants Hit New Record

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Organ transplants in British Columbia were up to a record-breaking level in 2012 and wait times for some procedures were down as BC Transp...

Forget Magnotta: Three Canadian Newsmakers Worth Remembering

John Laforet | Posted 02.23.2013 | Canada
John Laforet

No one can control what events will shape our world in any given time period. But collectively we can choose what stories we allow to shape our memory. That's why murderer Luka Magnotta was the wrong person for the Canadian Press to choose as Canada's 2012 Newsmaker of the Year.

LOOK: What's Going On In This Picture?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Living

No, this isn't something out a horror movie — it's just a unique way to understand organ donations. The eye-catching three-part ad, courtesy of ...

What My Dad Taught Me Before He Died

Carmela Antolino | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Living
Carmela Antolino

When my dad passed away it was by far the worst day of my life. All the anti-rejection drugs that were keeping his heart pumping were slowly deteriorating his other organs. We knew this day would eventually come, but none of us really wanted to accept it. Really, how can anyone be prepared to lose their parent?

A Shocking Cause Of Death In Children — Heart Failure

CBC | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Living

Half of children with heart failure will die or need a heart transplant, an outcome that has prompted new guidelines for emergency room doctors to hel...

Facebook Canada Launches Organ Donor Tool With Helene Campbell

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Impact

OTTAWA - An organ donation campaign started by a feisty young Ottawa double-lung transplant recipient now has new friends — a lot of them.Facebook i...

How Donating Blood Can Help Other Canadians

The Huffington Post Canada | Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.13.2012 | Canada Impact

Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Free The Children and Me to We, seek solutions to significant social problems. In this excerpt from their bo...

Hold It, New Brunswick

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Living

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick is suspending its organ donation program for up to two weeks after a Health Canada Inspection found problems with document...