For those suffering heart failure from a disease or virus, a donated heart makes the difference between living or dying.
Donated lungs are transplanted into people suffering from fatal lung conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis.
The two kidneys
given by each donor are transplanted into two different recipients, who need
only one functioning kidney to lead a normal life.
The liver filters the blood and metabolizes the food we eat. The only cure for liver failure is a liver transplant.
Donated to diabetics, a new pancreas eliminates the need for daily insulin injections.
Recent, breakthrough research in Canada, has found a new procedure for transplanting pancreatic islet cells to cure diabetics.
When it comes
to restoring lost vision, corneal transplants have a 90 to 95 per cent success
rate and are among the most often performed transplants.
For more information on this please visit
The Eye Bank of BC website at www.eyebankofbc.ca
Bone that has been destroyed by tumors or infections can often be replaced with healthy donated bone, saving limbs that would otherwise have to be amputated.
Donated skin is used as a dressing to speed up the healing process for severe burn victims.
valves are often used for infants whose heart valves are defective at birth.
Donated bowels are often transplanted into infants and corrects birth defects. This saves lives and improves quality of life.
Donated tendons and ligaments are used in orthopedic and plastic surgery to repair or replace tendons and ligaments that have been destroyed by disease.
Donated veins are used to replace and repair veins that have been destroyed by disease. Used in heart by-pass surgery.