Intent to donate organs a step towards saving a life
New Brunswickers are encouraged to sign up to save a life this holiday season by registering their intent to be an organ and tissue donor.
One organ donor can save the life of eight recipients; one tis- sue donor can enrich the lives of 75 recipients; and an ocular donor can restore sight for two people.
“Registering to become an organ donor is an important conversation to have with family, particularly this time of year, when time with family is paramount,” said Health Minister Ted Flemming. “Many New Brunswickers are waiting to hear that compatible organs or tissue have been found that could not only help to restore their quality of life, but potentially save it.”
Anyone is eligible to register as an organ donor, regardless of age or health.
“To be involved with organ donation gave our family a lot of peace, knowing that we were able to ease someone’s suffering and add to their quality of life,” said Shawn Stairs, whose daughter, Laura, died in 2016. Her donation improved the lives of five people.