BC Transplant says there was a record of 150 deceased BC organ donors in 2021, with six donors from the north.
Northern BC reported 39 transplant recipients in 2021 — the most the region has recorded since 2014.
The province recorded 23 per cent more donors in 2021 than the previous record of 122 donors in 2018.
“Becoming an organ donor is an incredibly important decision that can save a life,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. The selfless acts of people around our province helps others get new leases on life, and I want to thank all those in BC who choose to become donors.”
Hospital-based critical care teams, which play a key role in identifying organ donors, referred potential donors to the 24/7 BC Transplant clinical referral line a record 775 times in 2021. This was a 25 per cent increase year-over-year.
“Thank you to the hundreds of health professionals who work in a coordinated way across the province to champion and support organ donation and transplantation,” says Eric Lun, BC Transplant’s executive director.
“In yet another extraordinary year, their combined efforts have given a record 529 transplant recipients the chance to improve or save their lives.”
As of December 31st, 2021, 585 people were still waiting for an organ transplant in BC.
Anyone wanting to register as an organ donor can click here.
The full 2021 transplant summary can be viewed below: