Call for donor registrations issued (Dr. David Landsberg)
With approximately 500 British Columbians on the transplant waiting list, Service BC and BC Transplant are encouraged by the number of British Columbians signing up to become an organ donor to save the life of a neighbour, co-worker, friend or family member in need, however, additional registrations are needed.
More than 95 per cent of British Columbians support organ donation but as of April 2015, only 20 per cent have registered their decision to be a donor, according to a press release from the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services.
People often don't register because they think they couldn't be a donor due to reasons of health or age, said Dr. David Landsberg, physician lead, BC Transplant in the statement. The assessment process is very thorough for organ donation. So they encourage everyone to register and let the process determine if donation is possible. One donor can save up to eight lives.
North Shore News reports.