Hi, I'm Natalie Bubela, President & CEO at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. I'm pleased to blog regularly about health and wellness, and items of interest around your Muskoka hospitals. From time to time, others take the pen and share interesting news. Thanks for reading!
Today, more than 1,600 Ontarians are
waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every three days someone will die
waiting. April is BeADonor Month and I encourage you to register as an organ
and tissue donor – more than four million Ontarians already have, but that’s
only 33% of those eligible in the province.
By registering to be a donor, you
recognize that your death can have the power to save or change someone’s life.
In fact, one donor can save up to eight lives through the gift of heart, lungs,
kidneys, liver, pancreas and intestines. Another 75 lives can be enhanced
through the gift of tissue: eyes
can restore sight; skin can help burn patients; bone can be used for joint
replacements; heart valves can help patients with congenital heart disease; and
tendons and ligaments can help recipients walk and run.
Since 2003, 17,639 Ontarians have
received a lifesaving organ transplant and we can continue to grow that number
with awareness about organ and tissue donation. There is a local volunteer
group called the Muskoka/Simcoe Gift of Life Association that is made up of
transplant recipients, living donors and donor families who are also working to
increase awareness of organ and tissue donation and the importance of organ
donor registration. You can find out more about them on their Facebook page.
Registering your consent for organ and
tissue donation will give hope to those waiting. If you ever needed a
transplant and would accept an organ donation are you also willing to give? To
register, visit www.BeADonor.ca/mahc.
Register today and share your donation decision with your family. Even if you
signed a donor card, formally registering as a donor is the only secure and
guaranteed way to make your decision known. You can also access an Organ &
Tissue Donor Registration form at any ServiceOntario centre and mail it in.
Together, we can help to build a nation of donors.