DECEASED AND LIVING ORGAN DONATIONS BOTH DOWN ACROSS CANADA

Dec 15, 2017

By Jane Brown

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Organ donations are on the decline in Canada.

A new report says the rate of organ donations has declined substantially – by 42 percent – over the last decade in this country, while the rate for living donors has also declined.

The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Canadian Blood Services says there were nearly 760 deceased donors in Canada last year, providing almost 29-hundred life-saving transplants.

Each deceased donor can provide up to eight organs for transplantation.

But the report’s authors say there’s been an 11 per cent drop in the rate of living organ donations since 2007, with fewer than 545 donors in 2016. Living donors can provide a kidney or part of their liver.

For more information or to register as an organ donor in Ontario, click here.

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