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Organ donations reach record high - under current 'opt-in' system

Organ donations reach record high - under current 'opt-in' system

Lethbridge, Alta., hockey player Logan Boulet had signed up as an organ donor on his 21st birthday just a few weeks ago.

"It's such an easy thing that everyone can try to do to help", Stokke, 25, said in a phone interview.

"The objective of the green ribbon campaign is to bring awareness to the fact that we need more donors, and how much good it does to be a donor", Kevin Allen, public affairs coordinator at Midwest Transplant Network, says.

"There's a sensitivity, even in 2018, about organ donation and transplantation and it needs to be diminished", she said.

He emphasized that you can never be too old to register and that in MA alone, there are 3,000 people waiting for the gift of a life-saving organ.

The federally designated, nonprofit organ procurement organization hopes to raise awareness of the importance of registering to be an organ donor throughout the month of April through their Green Ribbon campaign.

Roman Catholic bishop Paul Mason has said plans for an opt-out system "undermine the concept of donation as a gift, and cross the line of what is a reasonable action for the state to take in relation to the individuals within it".

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.

Organ donations reach record high - under current 'opt-in' system

"We have a separation between the doctors who are working to save your life".

There now are more than 120,000 men, women and children waiting for organ transplants in the United States, and every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list, according to the organization's website.

She told CTV News on Monday that there are no restrictions to signing up as an organ donor.

"Sadly, 21 people will die today because of this health care epidemic", Boger said.

It was beating soundly in the chest of a 60-year-old New Hampshire man whose life was saved because Yell had registered as an organ donor prior to his untimely death.

"There can be a gift in this sorrowful time", Gavsie said.

"The increase in donations and transplants is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors and their families".