Issue 16-117: Organ Donations
June 17, 2016
In 2014, based on data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), there were 4,573 Canadians awaiting an organ transplant, including 473 in British Columbia. According to BC Transplant, as of May 2, 2016, that number for B.C. has risen to 605 patients awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant. Sadly, 300 Canadians (36 from B.C.) died in 2014 before receiving the transplant they needed. A further 362 Canadians (78 from B.C.) withdrew from the waiting list.
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