Ontario organ donations jump 30% in just one year

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Trillium Gift of Life Network calls 2016 third straight record year for donation and transplants

The Trillium Gift of Life Network says 1,302 people received organ transplants in Ontario in 2016. The number of deceased donors increased 30 per cent over the previous year. (Shutterstock)
A record number of families consented to donate their loved ones' organs in Ontario last year, leading to a record number of organ transplants, according to figures released Tuesday by the Trillium Gift of Life Network.

The provincial agency that co-ordinates organ and tissue donations attributes the increases partly to the work of Ontario's hospitals in referring all potential donation cases to the agency, and partly to growing numbers of people registering online as would-be organ donors.

Trillium Gift of Life Network reports that 1,302 people received organ transplants in 2016. The transplants came from 351 deceased donors — a 30 per cent increase over the previous year — and from 256 living donors.

Other signs of the growing acceptance of organ and tissue donation in the province: Continue reading

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