My Double Lung Transplant

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Waiting List

So i was dicking around on the internet today when I decided to look at the Trillium Gift of Life Network website. Trillium Gift of Life is Ontario's organ donation organization and it's great. Well I was looking at the stats that provide numbers about how many people are waiting.

Before I tell you that though I have to state this. Toronto General is the only hospital in Eastern Canada that does lungs. So when lungs become available, whether it be in Ontario, or out in Nova Scotia, someone hops on a helicopter and goes to check em out. If they're good, they prepare them for transport and notifiy the recipient that the lungs are good and to haul ass to the hosp.

At the same time, a call could come in saying lungs are available somewhere else, in Ontario, Quebec, Nfld, PEI, Labrador, NB, out someone else would go and another recipient would be notified. This puts TGH at a HUGE advantage, and you can understand why the wait is relatively short. For my blood type I was told the wait is 2-3 months which is amazing.

Even better, is according to the Trillium Gift of Life Network, the wait for lungs in Ontario is only 54 people.

As they say, "Don't take your organs to heaven; heaven knows we need them here."

Thank you to anyone who is selfless enough to sign their cards and give the gift of life when you can no longer sustain life. Through your act of kindness you're not just saving one, you're saving many.

Have a great day.

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