Edmonton: The registry is the first step in the government’s plan to increase organ and tissue donor rates in Alberta, which have dropped by nearly 40 per cent over the last decade.
“One of the greatest gifts we can give each other is donating our organs and tissues. With more than 500 Albertans waiting for an organ transplant and many more waiting for tissues, registering your consent to donate on the new donor registry can make a profound difference in someone’s life,” said Fred Horne, Minister of Health
These changes follow the proclamation of Bill 207, the Human Tissue and Organ Donation Amendment Act, on November 8, 2013.
According to Canadian Institute for Health Information data for 2012, Alberta reported the following active transplant waitlists (active means the person is able to receive a transplant at any time):
• Heart: 23 patients
• Lung (either a single or double lung): 67 patients
• Liver: 106 patients
• Kidney: 309 patients
One organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and improve the lives of up to 75 other people.