Honouring organ and tissue donors

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The “Tree of Life” interactive donor display wall at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) has grown, with the addition of 35 donor leaves to honour organ and tissue donation at the hospital.

STEGH recognized 32 tissue donors and three organ donors at the hospital over the past 16 months by adding one leaf for each donation to celebrate BeADonor Month 2021. The application of the homemade leaves took place privately after hours to abide by COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

“Our goal for this month is to recognize the incredible decision donors and their families have made at a very difficult time. This leads to thousands of lives being saved,” said Doctor Fahad Sheikh, Intensivist and Trillium Gift of Life Physician Lead at STEGH. “I encourage everyone to consider organ and tissue donation.”

There are more than 80 leaves on display at the Tree of Life.

According to STEGH, more than 85 per cent of people in Ontario are in favour of organ donation, while one in three Ontario residents have registered to be a donor. One organ donor can save up to eight lives.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express