After getting a liver transplant, Melnyk has created foundation to boost awareness for organ donation
|Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, pictured here with daughters Olivia and Anna in 2010, has created a foundation to build more awareness about organ donation. (The Organ Project)|
In 2015, he was bedridden in hospital with less than 10 per cent of his liver function. Doctors told him he needed a transplant — and soon. But so did 252 other people in Ontario.
"Not being in that world at all, I didn't realize there's actually a line-up — first of all to get into the hospital," Melnyk said. "Then once you get in, and there's a battery of tests, they advise you whether or not you will get on a list. And that's a big victory, I remember that — that you got onto this mystical list of people who are waiting for an organ."
Melnyk says every morning for months, doctors and nurses would tell him, "Today isn't our day." Continue reading