This year, National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) takes place from April 23-29. NOTDAW is an opportunity to focus on raising awareness about the critical needs of patients across the country.
Unlike many provinces in Canada, Saskatchewan does not have a registry that allows those who support organ and tissue donation to register their consent online.
That's why it's more important than ever to talk to your family about your decision to donate. Sharing this decision with your family makes it possible for your loved ones to honour your wishes after you have died.
It's a discussion that could save lives.
Offer hope. Talk to your family about organ and tissue donation.
- One organ donor can save up to eight lives and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of 75 people.
- In Saskatchewan, about 70 people are waiting for a kidney transplant and more than 80 are waiting for a cornea transplant.
- In 2016, there were 14 multi-organ donors and 39 cornea donors in our province; 29 people received a kidney transplant; and 58 cornea transplants were performed.
- The first transplant in Saskatchewan, a kidney, took place just over 50 years ago on December 10, 1963, and over 800 kidney transplants have been performed in our province since.
- Saskatchewan has the largest surgical bone donation program in Canada. Most donated bone comes from hip replacement surgery and is used in many surgical procedures that require bone grafts.
- Age doesn't matter: Canada's oldest organ donor was 93.
- Donation will only be considered after every effort has been made to save your life.