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One Donor Can Save 8 Lives But Affect So Many More.

Meet Four Ontarians Who Are Still Here Because Of Organ And Tissue Donation.

Donor Stories

"I heard the words ‘enlarged heart’. I knew it was bad"

Ryley was only two months old when she became quite ill. It was in the ER that her mother, Joanna, heard the words "enlarged heart." She remembers asking the doctor, "So you're telling me that my baby is going to die? And he said, 'No. But there's a good chance she's going to need a heart transplant.'"

Joanna and her husband were living in a hotel near the transplant centre when they received a 2:00 a.m. call that a heart was available for Ryley. By 9:30 p.m. that night, they were able to see their daughter after her transplant surgery. "She was on a breathing tube...but she was pink. And she just looked so wonderful."

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Meet Andrea

It started with some weird symptoms. Trouble with her peripheral vision. Trouble opening small packages.

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Meet Justin

At 10 years old the hospital determined that the strep bacterial Justin contracted had triggered an autoimmune disease,

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Meet Carol

It started with a bout of pneumonia that Carol thought would eventually go away. Unfortunately it didn't.

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