Submitted by Trillium Gift of Life Network - Published April 28, 2018
(NC) When asked, most Canadians support organ and/or tissue donation. But in Ontario, only 32 per cent have formally registered their consent.
Perhaps there aren't more organ and tissue donors because of misconceptions. Here, Trillium Gift of Life Network, the agency responsible for overseeing organ and tissue donation in Ontario, clarifies some information surrounding the topic.
Even people with medical conditions can be a donor. Everyone is a potential donor, regardless of any pre-existing medical condition. At the time of death, potential donors are assessed for medical suitability. It is best not to rule yourself out because it is always possible to save or enhance the lives of others through donation.
Older adults can donate too. Age does not preclude someone from becoming a donor. The oldest organ donor in Canada was over 90, and the oldest tissue donor was over 100. There is always potential to be a donor; age should not prevent a person from registering.
Many religions support donations. All major religions, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism, support donation or an individual's choice. In fact, many religions even encourage it, as it can save a life. If you are unsure of your faith's position on donation, consult with your faith leader.
Find out more and register at www.beadonor.ca.