Organ donor signups have surged in several provinces in response to Logan Boulet, the Humboldt Broncos player who donated his organs to six patients following the tragic bus collision that killed him and 14 others in Saskatchewan.
"Registering to be a donor is connected to your health card", Cathy Weatherall, a registered nurse and organ and tissue co-ordinator for the TGLN at RVH, said.
New data from NHS Blood and Transplant has revealed that a record number of organ donors was seen during the 2017-18 financial year.
She tells us that an organ donor can assist 8 people with life.
You can go to www.giftoflife.on.ca to find out more about signing up.
In February, NHS experts warned "opt-in" organ donation will not necessarily result in more donors.
In British Columbia, 363 people have registered their decisions online since Friday evening, a BC Transplant spokesperson said in an email, compared to 59 registrations over the weekend of March 24 and 25, which is more typical. "This ensures a separation between hospital care and organ and tissue donation processes". According to Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), every three days someone will die without one. "We work with empathy and compassion and coordinate things and just try to make it as seamless as possible", Allen says.
"What makes Logan such a hero is that he actually took action", Gavsie said.
The government is now looking to further improve the supply of donations by introducing an opt-out system for organ donation, meaning it will be assumed that people are willing to donate their organs unless otherwise specified.
She said many people put off registration because they don't want to think about how this issue could affect them, but she hopes Boulet's example will jolt Canadians into signing up. It now has 900 people on the waiting list.
"The decision to donate organs is a powerful gift, made more poignant because it often happens at an incredibly hard time", said Alberta Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman.