Organ Donations Way up in Quesnel
Quesnel, B.C. – More Quesnel residents than ever are registering as organ donors.
This since the April launch of a partnership between Service BC and BC Transplant which makes supporting organ donation easier by providing information on organ donation and registering organ-donation at all 61 Service BC locations across the province.
Since the launch, the number of local organ donor registrations has been double the previous five-year average.
In May alone, the number of registrations in Quesnel grew from 4 in 2014 to 28 this year.
But despite the increase in registrations, there is still work to be done.
For example, the provincial government says that while 95% of B.C. residents support organ donation, just 20% have registered their decision.
Victoria adds close to 500 British Columbians are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant with nearly 400 of those waiting for a kidney.
The Province also notes a single donor can save up to eight lives and that you can register now matter how old you are.
Canada’s oldest organ donor on record is 93.