BC organ donations up last year but more donors needed

NEWS 1100 | Kayla Butler

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More and more people are registering as organ donors in the province, something BC Transplant is particularly proud of.

But the organization also says there’s no such thing as too many donors.

Over 400 people received a life-saving transplant in 2016; almost 100 of these saviors were dead registered organ donors. This is a record high in BC.

Living kidney donations were down to 95 last year, from 113 the year before.
  • Several other transplant-related records were also set in 2016:
  • 40 lung transplants (39 double-lung, one single-lung), four more than in 2015
  • 8 heart transplants, nine more than in 2015
  • 83,505 people registered their organ donation decision in 2016, and the 1 millionth British Columbian registered their decision in the Organ Donor Registry
The donation rate is about 20 donors per million people but Doctor Sean Keenan with BC Transplant says there’s a very real need for more donors. Continue reading