Facts About Organs and Tissus Donation

  • One person can save as many as eight lives by donating their organs, and can provide better quality of life for 15 other people by donating their body tissues.
  • Nine out of 10 people say they believe in donating organs, but only one in two actually make their decision known to others.
  • On average, some 400 people benefit from transplants in Quebec every year.
  • There is no age limit for organ donations. The youngest donor on record is 2 days old…and the oldest 88 years.
  • On December 31, 2013, 1,047 people were on the waiting list at Transplant Québec (75% of these were waiting for a kidney).
  • You can also donate an organ (most often a kidney) during your own lifetime.
  • In the years to come, the incidence of patients suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD) could grow under the pressure resulting from the higher incidence of diabetes, which accounts for over one third of all new cases of ESRD each year.[1] For every person undergoing dialysis who receives a kidney transplant, it is estimated that the healthcare system can save $400,000 over a period of 10 years.