In­tent to donate or­gans a step to­wards sav­ing a life

Sackville Tribune - - TANTRAMAR -

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.

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