Though losing a loved one is devastating, donating their organs and tissues can provide hope in a time of grief, and can mean the difference between life and death for a transplant recipient.
“Organ donations can save the lives of up to eight other people and tissue donations can enhance the lives of up to 75 people,” explains Nancy Glover, Organ and Tissue Donation Coordinator for Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN). “Hamilton General Hospital has a strong culture of organ and tissue donation, with dedicated support from doctors, nurses and bedside staff.”
A provincial leader
Hamilton Health Sciences is a long-standing provincial leader in organ and tissue donation. The TGLN, Ontario’s provincial agency responsible for organ and tissue donation for transplantation, recognized Hamilton Health Sciences with both a Hospital Achievement Award and an Award of Excellence.
“Donating can provide a sense of meaning to a loved one’s death.”
– Nancy Glover
“Nancy and I are advocates for patients and families,” explains Kristin Lacroix, TGLN Organ and Tissue Donation Coordinator. “If a patient has not registered as an organ and tissue donor before passing away, we provide families with information so they can make an informed decision.”
Although it is a difficult time for families, many find peace in the decision to allow their loved one to save lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation. In addition, the decision to give the gift of life provides hope to the more than 1,500 Ontarians currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
“Every person and every family has the right to make that decision,” says Nancy. “Donating can provide a sense of meaning to a loved one’s death. I find it inspiring to see people thinking about the well-being of others during a time of tragedy. The human spirit of kindness is incredible.”