Wanna Save Lives?
by SO on February 2, 2014 - 9:51pm
A recent article published in the Toronto Star has author Keith Beaty debriefing us on how death can have a silver lining. Mother Eya Kotulsky was deeply saddened with grief after the loss of her son in 2004. Following his death, she decided to turn the situation around by signing his donor’s card. Although his organs were worthless, his tissue, corneas, bones, knee and ankle joints were able to be donated. In addition, his bone marrow was used for 36 transplants.
Very little people know how many lives can be changed or even saved with the help of tissue and other un-common donations. Most think that organs are the most important, however, only 2% of us are potential organs donors. Whereas 30% of us have the potential to be tissue donors. After hearing about what her son’s body was able to achieve for others, both Eya’s husband and father signed their cards as well, and when they died, became tissue donors. Eya says, when her time comes, she wishes to be donor also.
The article reminds us of a very important number: for every deceased donor, up to 75 lives can be enhanced. With the need of tissue and organs increasing, every donation is important. The article raises an important issue: How many of us actually sign our donor card? Personally, I have. It is an easy, simple remedy to the problem that anyone can turn to to help. So I ask, wanna save lives?
The article offers a link to a website where one can give consent in Ontario.
However, for those living in Quebec, this website is better suited for you.
Original Article: Ontario’s tissue donor numbers rising, but demand still unmet
Author: Keith Beaty