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NB Organ and Tissue Program

April is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Month,
and April 19-25 is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week.


Green Shirt Day

The #LoganBouletEffect inspired over 100,000 Canadians to become registered organ donors. Honour Logan by spreading the word about the importance of organ donation and take part in Green Shirt Day on April 7. Link: https://greenshirtday.ca/

If you needed an organ or cornea or tissue transplant would you have one? If so, please help others.

In New Brunswick hundreds of people are currently waiting for a hero.

You could be that hero.

2018 ImageBecoming an organ, cornea or tissue donor is an important commitment. There are approximately 4,400 Canadians waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Not everyone in need of a vital organ receives a transplant. In fact, on average 250 Canadians die each year waiting. By becoming an organ, cornea, or tissue donor, you are saving or enriching lives.

1 Organ Donor can save the life of 8 recipients.

1 Tissue Donor can enrich the lives of 75 recipients.

1 Ocular Donor can restore sight for 2 people.

Anyone can become an organ donor, no matter your age or health. The medical suitability of the organs, corneas, and tissues is determined by trained health professionals.

You only need to complete two simple steps to become a donor:

1. Indicate your intent to donate on your Provincial Medicare Card. You can do this by calling Service New Brunswick at 1-888-762-8600 and select "2" to request your Medicare Card be updated. Your new Medicare card will clearly display a "D" to indicate you are a donor. You may change or withdraw your consent to donate at any time.

2. Discuss your decision with your family or loved ones. It is important that those closest to you know your wishes.

For more information:

Organ Donation
506-643-6848

Cornea Donation
506-632-5541

Tissue Donation
506-870-2556

Myths

Thousands of New Brunswickers mistakenly believe they are registered organ donors. Make sure you are registered by checking your Provincial Medicare card where it clearly displays a "D" to indicate you are a donor. Or you can do this by calling Service New Brunswick at 1-888-762-8600 and select "2" to request your Medicare Card updated.

Did you know when you register to be an organ donor; this is intent to donate and not consent. In most cases, families honour their loved ones' decision to donate if they have evidence that it's what they wanted. But the legal next-of-kin have the final decision. This is why it is important to talk to your family about your wishes; one day this act could save a life.

Myth: I'm already registered because I signed my donor card.

  • Fact: Even if you signed a donor card it is intent to donate and not consent. This is why it is important to talk to your family about your wishes

Myth: I can't be an organ donor because my religion won't allow it.

  • Fact: Most religions support organ and tissue donation because it can save the life of another.

Myth: I can't be a donor because I have/had a serious illness (cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, etc)

  • Fact: Despite health condition, you still have the potential to be a donor. All potential donors are evaluated on an individual, medical, case-by-case basis.

Myth: Organ donation will affect my funeral.

  • Fact: Organ and Tissue donation does not generally disrupt funeral plans.

Myth: Families have to pay for organ donation.

  • Fact: Organ and Tissue donation does not cost families anything. They are giving a gift.

Myth: There's no way anyone would want my organs or tissue - I'm too old.

  • Fact: There is NO age limit for organ donation, however the current age limit for tissue donation is 75 years.

Myth: If I sign my card, doctors won't work as hard to save my life.

  • Fact: The first concern for any health care professionals is to do everything possible to save lives. Indicate your intention to donate do not have any impact on the effort made by health care professional to save your life.
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