Organ transplant rate has climbed steadily in B.C. (Dr. David Landsberg)

George Keulen was 28 years old when he was told he had only a few months to live. The cystic fibrosis he had been battling his entire life was taking over, leaving him unable to walk more than 20 steps without gasping for breath.

With his lungs functioning at 20 per cent, Mr. Keulen’s sole chance of survival – a double lung transplant – depended on a perfect stranger.

“We have gone from one of the worst in the country in terms of transplant rates to as good as the best,” said David Landsberg of St. Paul’s Hospital, head of the province’s renal transplant program.

Vanessa Hrvatin reports

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