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By KJ Mullins     Feb 15, 2011 in Health
Toronto - It's the hardest time for two families both waiting for doctors to walk down those long hospital corridors. For one the news will be heartbreaking and for the other the words will fill their hearts with hope.
"There is nothing we can do, have you thought about organ donation?"
Laying in a bed at Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto was a little baby girl. She was perfect in every way except that she needed a new heart to survive. The eight month old had survived two heart surgeries. Now the family was told she needed a new heart. A miracle for the baby happened just five days later a heart came from Texas.
"I was in shock, it happened so soon," said the baby's mother who was with her daughter when the news came and quickly called her husband. "We spent the day with our daughter. It takes a while to get everything into place for the surgery. Our baby was prepped throughout the day. She went into surgery in the evening."
It was a long night for the family. Finally at 6 a.m. the mother and father were able to see their beautiful baby girl.
"The first time I saw my daughter she was in critical care after the surgery," the mother remembered, "She was pink. I had gotten used to seeing her lips being blue. Now she had a perfect pinkish blush. She smiled! She was a completely different little soul with so much energy."
That was eight years ago. Now the mother has two very energetic children at home. when asked about her thoughts on organ donation she said she believes that making the decision for or against organ donation should be mandatory.
"It's so important. Organ donation saves lives. So many people don't want to face the idea of their own death but it happens to everyone. It's important for everyone in your family to be aware of how you feel when it comes to donation. There are so many lives that can be saved."
Recently Sgt. Ryan Russell, Toronto Police Services, was killed in action. A hero in life he continued on being a hero in death. He had signed a donor card making it easier for his wife Christine to say yes to the donation process. "I hope every police officer who came to pay his or her respect to Sgt. Ryan Russell last week in Toronto will follow his example and do the same meaningful act that he did. Because Sgt. Russell had registered his consent to donate, it made his wife's decision so much simpler since she knew that's what he wanted. He wanted to help others even in death," said Reverend Walter Kelly, Chaplain for the Toronto Police Service in a press release.
Constable Wendy Drummond, Toronto Police Service, said that "it's a personal decision that everyone should think about and discuss" when it comes to organ donation. She said that people who wish to donate should fill out the portion on the back of their driver's licence.
Ontarians can't "sign the back of their drivers licence", it's a separate card,
a donor card, that is not sent out anymore. It's been replaced by the "Gift of
Life Consent form" and it's sent to drivers when they have to renew their
driver's licence (it's not sent out to red/white health card holders).
You can register your consent to donate your organs and tissue by visiting any ServiceOntario center or you can also register by downloading and filling out a Gift of Life Consent Form at www.giftoflife.on.ca.
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