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Transplant Donor List

  I decided to place my name on the organ donor transplant list. Your decision to register could one day save up to 8 lives and enhance as many as 75 more.

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  If you are 18 years of age or older and have a valid Manitoba Personal Health Information Number (PHIN), you can register your intent online to become an organ and tissue donor. By registering your intent, information about your donation decision will be available and accessible should it ever be required.

  When you register your intent to donate organs and tissue, your donation decision is recorded in a Manitoba Health database. In the event of your death or imminent death, when all life-saving efforts have failed, your donation decision will be disclosed for the purpose of sharing this information with your family so that they can honour your wishes. As well as being on the transplant list, you can print out a donor card to share your wishes with your family and friends.

  You should register even if you signed a donor card. A signed donor card is not recorded in the Manitoba Health database and may not be available when needed. Organ and tissue donor intent registration is the only secure and guaranteed way to make your decision to save lives known. Go to Signupforlife.ca if you live in Manitoba. Each province has their own site, but are all easy to register at. I registered to donate my heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas and small bowel as well as various tissues. As well as being on the transplant list, you can print out a donor card to share your wishes with your family and friends. No one wants to thinks about death, but the thought of not helping someone in need is much worse.

Organ Donation by Humboldt Broncos inspires others

  Humboldt Broncos defenceman Logan Boulet, 21, was from Lethbridge, Alta. Boulet had recently signed an organ donation card and was kept on life support while matches were found for his organs. He was expected to save the lives of at least six people. 

  Many social media users say the donation of Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet's organs has inspired them to become donors themselves, with health officials in three provinces saying online registrations have surged in the days following the horrific crash.

  A spokesperson for British Columbia's organ donation agency said it saw more than a six-fold increase in online registrations over the weekend compared to two weeks earlier, and Ontario officials said registrations nearly tripled Sunday over the same period of time.

  Boulet, a 21-year-old defenceman from Lethbridge, Alta., was among the 16 people who died after the junior hockey team's bus and a transport truck in Saskatchewan collided Friday, April 6. Thirteen others were injured.

20% of Canadians are organ donors

  Only 20 per cent of Canadians have registered as organ donors, she said, despite surveys suggesting that 90 per cent of the country supports the cause.

  Good intentions are not enough to help the 4,500 people in Canada who currently need a life-saving organ transplant, Gavsie said. Every year, she said the wait list grows, and hundreds of people die without receiving the treatment they need.

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