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Tissue Donors Set Record in 2013

tissue donationTissue donors set a record in 2013. In the Tuesday February 4, 2014 edition of the Toronto Star, Barbara Turnbull reported on Eya Kotulsky’s heart wrenching decision to consent to have her dying son’s tissues donated. As Ms. Kotulsky stated “what good could come out of this? I was trying to salvage some nobility or something. I suddenly thought to myself, he could be a donor.”

Potential organ or tissue donors are people who are considered brain dead, due to a traumatic event such as a car accident.

According to Trillium Gift for Life CEO Ronnie Gavsie, there were 1,800 tissue donors in 2013, compared to 1,700 in 2012.  However the need is greater than the donation.  One donor has the potential to enhance the lives of up to 75 people with skin, bone marrow, corneas, heart valves, in addition to enhancing the lives of those needing viable organs.

In the event of your permanent incapacity, your Power of Attorney for Personal Care can authorize the retrieval of viable organs and tissues.

If you would like to “salvage something noble” like Eya Kotulsky and help bridge the gap between need and donation and have a POA for Personal care, then consider registering to be an organ or tissue donor by clicking here and inform your POA for Personal Care of your intent.  If you do not have a POA or have more questions about it, I would love the opportunity to discuss this with you and/or your family members.

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Until next time,

Kat

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