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In-law Suites: What Are They and What You Need to Know

The Calgary Sun reported on August 18, 2014 that Alberta has the worst donation rate in Canada and “more than 75 patients die needlessly each year”. On April 22, 2014 the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry was introduced, and more than 25,000 Albertans have registered since then.

Prior to the Registry, the only way to make an organ donation was to make the decision in a written statement signed, dated and witnessed.

This type of clause can be inserted in your Will:

It is my wish that my Trustee permit any of my physical organs which are suitable for transplant purposes to be so used. This statement shall constitute a consent under the Human Tissue Gift Act (Alberta). I direct that upon completion of such purposes, my body be cremated and my ashes be disposed of in the manner I have privately conveyed to my Trustee.

Also, the following statement is found in many Personal Directives:

If any of my tissues are sound and would be of value as transplants to help other people, I freely give my permission for such donation.

What do I need to do to become an organ or tissue donor?

If you want to be an organ and/or tissue donor:
• talk about your wishes to be an organ and/or tissue donor with your family and tell them exactly what you want to happen when you die.
• access the online Organ and Tissue Donation Registry to record your choices about organ and/or tissue donation, or visit a Registry Agent office to register, or sign the back of your healthcare card.
• call a Living Donor Program in your area if you want to be a living donor (kidney or part of the lung or liver, or tissue such as bone marrow or stem cells)