Vancouver/Fraser Valley – A Vernon grandmother has an extra special reason to be thankful to care providers through BC Transplant’s Operation Popcorn this holiday season. In October, after waiting a year and a half, Judy Mori received British Columbia’s 500th lung transplant at Vancouver General Hospital.
“To think that less than two months ago I didn’t know what my fate would be and now I am breathing easy with lungs so kindly donated, I am humbled,” says Mori. “I am so grateful to all of the amazing staff in hospitals who make organ donation happen, and the staff on the wards and on the transplant teams who provide care. Thank you.”
Now in its 28th year, Operation Popcorn takes place December 2-6. More than 100 BC Transplant volunteers deliver boxes of popcorn to health-care teams in 26 hospitals across the province.
On Wednesday, December 4, that will include Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Chilliwack General Hospital.
BC Transplant provides provincial oversight for all aspects of organ donation and transplantation in BC, and is a program within the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). B.C.’s three transplant centres are BC Children’s Hospital, St Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. Transplant patients receive follow-up care at the transplant centres or at one of eight regional clinics close to their home community. More information: www.transplant.bc.caor follow us on Twitter @BC_Transplant.