Obviously, many Quebeckers favor the idea of becoming organ and tissue donors.
To date, more than 2,700,000 of them have formalized their consent in the register of the Health Insurance Board and approximately 1,400,000 citizens of the Belle Province have done the same in that of the Chambre des notaires.
Louis Beaulieu, CEO of Transplant Québec, salutes their self-denial.
At the same time, he reminds them of the importance of expressing their intention to their loved ones.
The director general of the Transplant Center Lina Cyr, Micheline Cyr Asselin, agrees with her.
In her view, the mere fact that a person can clearly articulate this last will can greatly simplify the decision-making process of her entourage when she finds herself on her deathbed.
“When people have a loved one who is brain dead, it’s all a mourning for them. They have an immense pain. That’s why you have to tell your family what you want. So she can make a much more thoughtful choice “in this painful context,” she explains.
M. Beaulieu was aware that it was not easy for anybody to approach such a subject, but he added that it was necessary to endeavor to see the glass half full when holding such a conversation.
“It is certain that one must think of death and there are few people who like to think of their death. On the other hand, if we look at it differently, we can very well conceive that at our death we could save up to eight lives, “he says.
“Over the past 20 years, thanks to the generosity of nearly 2,800 donors, there are more than 8,000 people who have been eligible for transplants,” he said to give weight to his argument.
Mrs Cyr Asselin maintains that many of them have had the opportunity to be reborn, which gives them an undeniable feeling of gratitude.
“Breathing in a straw all the time, is what people are waiting for lungs. Their breathing is difficult. Yet, they do not lose hope and … they have an immense gratitude to their donor, to their family. There are parents, grandparents who have the opportunity to see their children grow up, their grandchildren. It’s priceless, “she says.
Louis Beaulieu insists, however, that many Quebeckers have not yet had that chance.
“Currently, about 850 people are waiting for transplants. The good news is that for the past five years, the number of people in this unenviable situation has decreased by a third, “he said.
In his opinion, the ideal scenario has not yet materialized.
“What we have to aim for is to get to a point where there will be more transplants than people on the waiting list,” he said.
Mr. Beaulieu and Micheline Cyr Asselin agreed that National Organ and Tissue Donation Week, which will continue until next Saturday, is a good time to address this sensitive issue.