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Organ donation

Organs: lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas; Tissues: Eye tissue, skin, heart valves, bone, tendons, veins, ligaments.

Donating organs and tissues upon your death is a gesture of generosity that may save the lives of several people and help many others regain their health. Organ transplantation is one of the best examples of medical success stories that save the lives of many people. While success rates for transplants vary according to organ type, they are generally between 70% and 90% 10 years after surgery.

The organs that can be transplanted are the kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, and intestines. A single donor can provide organs for 8 people. Each year, organ donations make it possible for more than 400 people waiting for organs in Québec (on average) to receive transplants. These individuals are on a single waiting list managed by Transplant Québec Ce lien ouvrira une nouvelle fenêtre.. Unfortunately, the gap between the number of people waiting and the number of organs available continues to widen. More than a thousand people are waiting for this critical surgery. Each year, dozens of people die while waiting for an organ.

Go to the Providing consent section to find out how to become a tissue or organ donor.

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If you haven't expressed your wishes, then your family will have to make the decision. If, upon your death, the medical team is not aware of your wishes, they will ask your family to decide about donating your organs and tissues. Some families oppose organ and tissue donation because they are unaware of the donor's wishes.

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