LaSalle heart transplant recipient stresses importance of organ donation

CTV NEWS WINDSOR
Heart transplant recipient Shelley Deslippe in LaSalle, Ont., on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (Stefanie Masotti / CTV Windsor)
Hospital officials are trying to increase organ donor registrations in Windsor-Essex after recent statistics ranked the region 160 out of 170 communities in Ontario.

The study found less than 50 per cent of people from across Windsor-Essex are signed up.

In response, Windsor Regional Hospital officials have launched a new campaign to support organ and tissue donation awareness throughout our region.

Heart transplant recipient Shelly Deslippe fully supports the initiative.

A six-inch scar is a daily reminder for Deslippe that she was given a second chance at life.

After several medical complications growing up, doctors told her at the age of 30 "if you don't get a new heart you are not going to live."

"I was terrified," says Deslippe.

Her name was placed on the organ donor waiting list and only nine days later, she got the call that they had a heart for her. Continue reading

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