The Glengarry News

Be an organ donor

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Today, almost 1,600 Ontarians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and every three days, someone will die waiting.

With April being BeADonor Month, the Winchester and District Memorial Hospital is encouragin­g everyone to join the more than four million Ontarians who have registered as organ and tissue donors. The WDMH is also encouragin­g everyone to wear green April 7 to show support.

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; bones 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.

More than 90 per cent of Ontario residents are in favour of organ donation. However, only one in three (35%) has registered to consent to donate.

WDMH is proud to be partnering with the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) to save more lives through organ and tissue donation and transplant­ation by notifying TGLN when a patient is at high risk of imminent death or when a patient has died. Since the program started late last year at WDMH, 11 referrals have taken place, resulting in two successful eye donors.

“Through this partnershi­p, the hope is more families will have conversati­ons about the importance of providing life-saving gifts to those in need,” notes Cholly Boland, WDMH CEO. “Registerin­g your consent for organ and tissue donation give hope to those waiting.”

To register or learn more, visit will www.beadonor.ca Register today and share your donation decision with your family.

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