Organ donation increasing in Alberta

CJOB | AM 680 | Slav Konik

An organ donation recipient is happy to see the number of organ donors go up in Alberta.

The province said more than 250,000 Albertans have signed up to become donors in the two years since the government launched the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry.

The rate of donors has climbed from 9.9 decease donors per million population in 2012 to 13.6 in 2014, but still fall short of other provinces.

“We’ve had tremendous uptake on the registry, but everyone who wants to be a donor also needs to sit down with their loved ones and talk about their decision,” MLA Marie Renaud said.

Morris Irvine’s 15-year struggle with breathing ended in 2011 when he received a double-lung transplant. He and his grandson Cooper spoke to the media Thursday encouraging more Albertans to sign up for the registry. Continue reading