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Donate life: Several tout importance of organ donations

Donate life: Several tout importance of organ donations

Good intentions are not enough to help the 4,500 people in Canada who now need a life-saving organ transplant, Gavsie said.

"We're always happy to see those numbers increase, because we know people have had conversations with their family and let them know organ donation is important to them", she said.

Lee Ellis, a 55-year-old dog walker in the Toronto area, said she had been thinking about becoming an organ donor for a while, but only got around to it this weekend after coming across a tweet encouraging others to follow Boulet's lead. Poythress is also a member of the hospital's ethics committee, which is spearheading the campaign to raise awareness on the need for organ, eye and tissue donation.

According to the statement, six people need to receive the "gift of life" from Boulet, whereas other organs are donated to science.

Before his death, Boulet's family confirmed he was being kept on life support so doctors could remove his organs for donation, per his wishes.

In February, NHS experts warned "opt-in" organ donation will not necessarily result in more donors.

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This is part of a trend for the organ donor agency.

Those interested in registering as an organ donor can do so at the B.C. Transplant website.

For the first year ever, more than 1,500 people in the United Kingdom donated their organs after they died, with the number rising by 11 percent over the previous year. "The people that get his organs are going to have a chance at a good life". "We're there from the beginning of the process to as much as two years out or longer for families that want to keep in contact with us or want to come to events that honor those donors".

"We encourage everyone to show us your Donate Life colors on April 13 by wearing blue and green", said Dawn Poythress, RN, director of the medical/surgical and cardiac care units at Newport Medical Center.

"What makes Logan such a hero is that he actually took action", Gavsie said.

Officials in Canada said online registration to become organ donators has surged over the past few days, with many taking to social media to personally name Boulet as the reason they made the decision.