Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions About Or­gan Do­na­tion

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Why should I do­nate? Many peo­ple in New­found­land and Labrador are in need of an or­gan or tis­sue trans­plant. Many will die while wait­ing. Your de­ci­sion to be­come an or­gan donor can change the lives of up to eight peo­ple.

What can I do?

You can in­di­cate your “In­tent to Do­nate” or­gans and tis­sues by com­plet­ing your Med­i­cal Care Plan (MCP) ap­pli­ca­tion or re­newal form.

The word “OR­GAN DONOR” will ap­pear on your MCP card. This in­di­cates your in­tent to do­nate af­ter death. You can learn about be­com­ing a ‘Liv­ing Donor’ by con­tact­ing your lo­cal Kid­ney Trans­plant Pro­gram. (East­ern, Cen­tral and Labrador can con­tact 709 777-3601 and Western res­i­dents can con­tact 709 637-5000 ext. 6190).

What or­gans and tis­sues could be do­nated?

Or­gans such as kid­neys, heart, lungs, liver pan­creas and small bowel can be do­nated. In some prov­inces tis­sues such as corneas, skin, heart valves, bone, veins, car­ti­lage, ten­dons and lig­a­ments can be do­nated.

What is the cost to the donor or donor’s fam­ily? There is no cost to the donor or donor’s fam­ily for or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion in Canada. The fam­ily is re­spon­si­ble for the costs of funeral ar­range­ments and burial. It is il­le­gal to sell or­gans in Canada.

When will my fam­ily be in­volved in the fi­nal de­ci­sion?

Al­though you have in­di­cated your ‘In­tent to Do­nate’ your or­gans and or tis­sues, the fi­nal de­ci­sion rests with your next of kin. For or­gan do­na­tion, the next of kin or fam­ily mem­ber(s) will be con­tacted by health-care pro­fes­sion­als in the in­ten­sive care unit. Fam­i­lies are not pres­sured into mak­ing a de­ci­sion, but are pre­sented with in­for­ma­tion and op­tions so they can make an in­formed de­ci­sion. Tim­ing is crit­i­cal with or­gan do­na­tion, which is why it is im­por­tant for peo­ple to dis­cuss their wishes with their fam­i­lies. Fam­i­lies may be com­forted by pro­vid­ing the gift of life to an­other per­son and feel more at ease with their de­ci­sion if they know your wishes in ad­vance.

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