Kidney donations put province over the top

A record number of organ transplants were performed last year in BC and many involved kidneys.

Three hundred and forty-six transplants were carried out in 2013, about 40 more than the year before. Of these, 127 involved kidneys from living donors, up from 83 in 2012, and 107 from deceased donors, roughly on par with the year before.

“It all begins with a donor,” said BC Transplant executive director Dr. Greg Grant, adding that his agency will continue to work with transplant centres and hospitals to support and encourage British Columbians to become organ donors.

In all, 197 British Columbians—130 living and 67 deceased—donated organs last year. Kidney donations contributed to the largest increase in transplant numbers.

Chris Bolster reports.

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