A rise in organ, tissue and blood donations has been seen across the country since the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash that left 16 people dead and 13 others injured.
Canadian Blood Services reported an increase of 25 per cent in several Western Canadian cities including Calgary and Edmonton, while at least one clinic in Saskatchewan had a 50 per cent increase.
From April 8 to the afternoon of April 12, the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation registry received 12,704 new registrations for organ/tissue donation since April 8. The weekly average for new registrants is 2500.
Broncos defenceman Logan Boulet had signed a donor card when he turned 21 in March. His organs were donated to six different people after he died as a result of his injuries from the accident.
Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman praised Boulet for what she calls a ‘selfless sacrifice’.
“I would encourage those thinking about organ donation to take the time to register and discuss your wishes with your family. Because Logan did just that, he’s saving the lives of others and offering hope to the many Canadians awaiting transplants. His family must feel so honoured by the movement he’s created.”
Each donor can potentially save eight lives through organ donation. Tissue donation can help as many as 75 people. Donation is ultimately up to the individual’s family, so it’s important to have conversations about your wishes.
You can join the 475,000 people already registered by visiting a registry office or online.