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Operating room staff perform organ donation
Organ donation: Your questions answered

Have you ever wondered how to become an organ donor? Or how to have that conversation with your family or friends? We spoke with experts from The Ottawa Hospital and Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) about the most common organ donation questions they receive. Here are their answers.

Twenty-eight living kidney donors
Living organ donors honoured in ceremony

The Ottawa Hospital and the Trillium Gift of Life Network honoured 28 living organ donors at a ceremony on Oct. 30, 2018. Living donors and recipients shared their touching stories about how organ donation has changed their lives.

Denise Schaerer is standing near the Ottawa Hospital General Campus wall
Thank you for the second chance: Honouring those who gave the gift of life

When Denise Schaerer feels a thumping in her chest, she doesn’t just feel her own heartbeat – she feels someone else’s as well. More than 300 patient family members gathered on April 25 at the General and Civic campuses to honour someone they loved, who had consented to organ donation.

“Will you donate your kidney?”: Hospital supports patients seeking living kidney donors

How would you go about asking family, friends or acquaintances to donate a kidney? It’s an enormous request, and it’s not always easy. “I thought about it a lot – how I would approach somebody. You have a lot of time to think about it while on dialysis.”

Trillium Award Recipients
Trillium Gift of Life Network honoured hospital with two organ donation awards

When Brenda Ringlet passed away suddenly in 2016, her family was in shock, but found great comfort in knowing she helped save many lives through organ donation. Trillium Gift of Life Network recognized The Ottawa Hospital with two awards for its efforts in ensuring that patient wishes are granted.

This website gives you common facts, advice and tips. Some of it may not apply to you. Please talk to your doctor, nurse or other health-care team member to see if this information will work for you. They can also answer your questions and concerns.