For many people living with kidney disease, a transplant offers the best chance at a healthier life. Organ donation saves lives and restores health. A kidney transplant is not a cure, but it offers the best possible improvement to health and quality of life for many people living with kidney failure.
There are two types of organ donation, deceased donation and living donation. Choosing to become an organ donor is a very personal decision. At the same time, it’s important that you discuss your wishes with your family.
The need for organs for transplantation is much greater than the available supply. In 2019, 4419 Canadians were on a waiting list for a transplant. Of those, 77% were waiting for a kidney. Wait times can range from a few months to several years.