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Alberta’s Presumed Consent Legislation Committee Meeting

The Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members’ Public Bills discussed Bill 205, the Human Tissue and Organ Donation (Presumed Consent) Amendment Act.

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Back in the saddle: Alberta senior cycles 122-km race on donated lungs

For Fort Saskatchewan senior Doug Pearson, he hoped that same analogy could extend to the basic ins and outs of breathing. It had been years since Pearson had been able to breathe normally due to a lengthy battle with lung disease. But he believed the simple act of taking a breath would again come naturally after receiving a transplant to replace his failing organs.

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Sean Delaney is an advocate for organ transplant recipients just like him

When Sean Delaney arrived at the University of Alberta hospital during the summer of 1999, he didn’t expect his visit to the emergency room to lead to a decades-long partnership in research and advocacy.

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Doctors combine treatment with research to put Alberta at forefront of transplant technology

Between 2008 and 2017, the number of individual donors in Alberta increased by nearly 50 per cent from 104 to 155. In 2016, Alberta set a record for most deceased organ donors in one year at 70 — 16.1 per million people — but still lagged behind the national average of 20.9 donors per million. “Transplantation is an incredibly rewarding activity and every day we transform patients’ lives that were previously on death’s doorstep, and patients who receive these transplants are so incredibly grateful” said the U of A’s Dr. Shapiro

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‘Logan Boulet Effect’ is a boost, but organ donations remain difficult sell in Alberta

It’s a confounding statistic that starkly illustrates the challenge facing Canadians in desperate need of life-saving organ transplants. Poll after poll has found that nine in 10 Canadians support the idea of donating organs and tissue to those in need, but only around two of those 10 have made the conscious effort to sign donor cards.

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