LHSC Staff Step Up For Patients Who Need Organs
The London Health Sciences Centre is stepping up to help patients get the organs they desperately need.
The hospital is celebrating National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (April 20 – 27) with a workplace registration drive. Staff are encouraged to sign up to be donors themselves, but more importantly to ask friends and family to do the same.
The LHSC says while 80% of Ontarians say organ donation is very important to them, only a quarter of residents have actually signed up to give. The LHSC drive focuses on that follow through, with hopes that staff signing up will have a ripple effect through the community. The London-region has one of the highest organ donation rates in Canada, but doctors say that still isn’t enough to fill the need.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives, but the hospital says at any time there are more than 1,500 people waiting for an organ.
Dr. Patrick Luke, Co-Director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program, says the more people who become donors, the easier it will be on patients who need help.
Dr. Luke says often where there is tragedy and grief, it can be a relief to a family that their loved one helped save the lives of others.
Belmont mother Kathryn Field says her family takes great comfort in knowing that their son Josh was able to save six other lives after his death in 2009. “It’s a way of keeping Josh alive in our minds, and just give us so much comfort,” Field said.
Londoners can sign up to become organ or tissue donors HERE.