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motherchildsmllThe decision to become an organ and/or tissue donor is a personal one. Our practice is to ask the next-of-kin or “legal substitute decision-maker” for consent to donate organs and tissues at the time death.

The most important step is to make the decision regarding donation and discuss that decision with your family. In Ontario, this gift of life is not possible without the support of the next-of-kin.

By telling your family of your decision you give them the opportunity to fulfil your wishes. Being aware of your intent also makes it easier for your family to consent on your behalf. Families who overlook their loved one’s wish to donate later often express regret that donation did not take place.

Religious Considerations

Most religious groups support the concept of organ and tissue donation. They consider donation to be a gift of life from one individual to another. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your own faith’s viewpoint, please contact your religious leader.

Brain Death

To become an organ donor, a person must be declared brain dead. Brain death is determined by strict medical criteria and must be diagnosed independently by two different physicians. These doctors cannot be a part of any transplant team. Brain death is completely irreversible and is one of the legal definitions of death. Unlike organ donation, tissue donation can occur after the heart stops beating. It is not necessary for brain death to occur first.

Community Awareness Campaignssandcomm

The Ottawa Hospital Organ and Tissue Donation Program will collaborate with community organizations, special interest groups, professional associations, TGLN, governments, schools, and media to promote and assist in the development of community awareness campaigns for NOTDAW and throughout the year.

Yes, I want to save lives! Register your consent to donate organs and tissue with the Trillium Gift of Life Network.

Last updated on: February 22nd, 2021