British Columbia

Organ donations reach record levels in B.C. during 2018

There were 502 organ transplants last year and more people than ever signed up to donate, according to B.C. Transplant.

502 organ transplants last year, more people than ever signing up to donate, according to B.C. Transplant

B.C. set a new record high for organ transplants in 2018. (Submitted by Houston Methodist Hospital)

The 502 organ transplants during 2018 in British Columbia is a new record, according to B.C. Transplant.

"This record number of transplants is a testament to the spirit of our residents, who gave the greatest gift of all last year — the chance at a new life for others," said Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Kidney transplants accounted for 339 of the procedures, with 100 living donors stepping up last year.

B.C. Transplant says 2018 was also a record year for deceased donors with 122.

"It takes an incredible team effort to make organ donation happen," says Dr. Sean Keenan, B.C. Transplant's medical director of Organ Donation Services.

"Once a family selflessly consents to organ donation on behalf of their loved one, upwards of 100 people are initially involved for each organ donor and transplant recipient."

 Over 1.35 million British Columbians have registered their wishes to be an organ donor.

As of Jan. 1 of this year, 669 people are still waiting for an organ transplant in B.C.

B.C. Transplant continues to urge people to register as an organ donor and share their intentions with family members.

The group points out that organ donor Logan Boulet, who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, helped save the lives of six people.