Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Ontario will be expanding its organ donation pool to include organs from heart attack victims

A report reveals that the province of Ontario will be the first Canadian province to start using organs from people who succumb to heart attacks to benefit others. Previously, organs were only taken from patients who were declared braindead, and will increase the organ pool tremendously.

The current guidelines will allow for kidney transplants only, but lung and liver transplants will not be far behind. Currently, statistics show that 1800 Canadians are on the list for an organ transplant.

The Trillium Gift of Life Network, the provincial agency in charge of organ and tissue donations, will be making the official announcement today in the city of Ottawa.

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