Your organs and tissues donation could go on to support cultures to thrive.

Mary's story

Since her own kidney transplant, Mary has worked to improve health systems for other Indigenous patients with kidney disease. She’s helping others thrive.

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How do I register to be a living donor?

If you know a person who is waiting for a kidney transplant, you can talk to them. Or, you can contact a living donation program in your province. If you would like to become a non-directed anonymous donor, a living donation program in your province can give you more information. 

Canadian Blood Services' role in OTDT

Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation & Transplantation (OTDT) community to improve national system performance. We do this through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting. 
We also manage clinical programs that support interprovincial sharing of organs. 

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Living donation

Most of us are born with two kidneys. However, a healthy person can live a normal, healthy life with just one. This means that a healthy person can give a kidney to someone whose kidneys aren’t working. This gift is living kidney donation.  

Healthy adults may also be able to become living liver donors after extensive medical testing. A portion of the donor’s liver is surgically removed and transplanted into a recipient in need. 

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Deceased donation

Deceased donation is the process of giving one's organs or tissue at the time of the donor's death for the purpose of transplantation to another person. A single organ donor has the potential to provide as many as eight organs for transplant. 

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