Why Be a Donor?
In Saskatchewan and across Canada, the need for organs and tissues for transplants far outweighs the available supply. A transplant is sometimes the only treatment for people with an organ damaged through injury or disease. Tissue donations can also dramatically improve the quality of life for people of all ages. Outcomes continue to improve each year. Thanks to donors, more and more transplant patients are living longer and healthier lives.
However, too many people die or see their health decline dangerously while waiting for a transplant. Record your decision to be a donor now, so it can be shared with organ donation coordinators in the future.
Any person 16 years or older with a valid Saskatchewan Health Services Card number can register their intent to be a donor.
Your eligibility to be a donor will be determined at the time of death by a health care team. Some people incorrectly assume their medical condition, poor physical fitness or advanced age would automatically disqualify them as a donor.
Medical teams will confirm whether organs/tissues are considered medically viable for transplant. If so, transplant coordinators will work to find matching recipients with the most pressing need.