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Information about organ and tissue donation regarding transplants and about other donations.
Dr. Matthew Weiss
Dr. Matthew Weiss, pediatric intensivist, CHU de Québec - Université Laval, explains organ and tissue donation.
In Quebec, anyone can decide to donate her or his organs and tissues when they die. It is a gesture that is anonymous, voluntary, free of charge and without strings attached.
To do so, the person must die in hospital and under specific circumstances. Only 1.4% of people die from "brain death" as it is known, the state in which organ donation is possible. This represents a maximum of 450 to 500 people per year for all of Quebec, if all the requirements are met every time.
The organs that can be retrieved for transplantation are: both lungs, the heart, the liver (which can be divided into two), both kidneys, the pancreas and the intestines. Each deceased donor can thus save up to eight lives.
In addition, a person can donate a kidney or part of their liver, as well as several tissues including corneas, heart valves and tendons, while living.
Other donations, like that of blood or stem cells, are also of great importance.