Vancouver — Thanks to the incredible gift of organ donation, 502 British Columbians received a transplant in 2018, setting a new record for the total number of transplants in a calendar year.
With 122 deceased donors in 2018, we exceeded by one our record pace of 2017. This translates into a deceased donor rate of 24.9 per million people, an increase of 71 per cent compared to five years ago.
A new kidney transplant milestone was also reached last year with 339 transplants. A large part of that is due to BC’s continued focus on living kidney donation – 100 living donors in 2018 – in combination with a coordinated shift towards pre-emptive kidney transplants before a patient needs dialysis.
There were also 28 heart transplants in 2018 (tying the record set in 2016), 50 lung transplants and 77 liver transplants.
At the same time, the expansion of donation after circulatory death (DCD) has also been significant. More than a third of deceased donors last year were DCD, with 13 participating hospital sites around the province.
There are currently more than 1.35 million British Columbians who have registered their wishes to be an organ donor. As of January 1, 2019, 669 people are still waiting for an organ transplant in BC, and the need remains strong. British Columbians are encouraged to take action and register their own decision about organ donation and share their wishes with family. This is what Logan Boulet did and now his legacy lives on in others. April 7, 2019 will mark one year since the Humboldt Broncos bus crash tragedy and commemorate Logan’s gift of organ donation that saved the lives of six people.
For more information, visit transplant.bc.ca.
2018 Statistics Release: Dr. David Landsberg: