Organ Donation Consent Booth Proves Positive at Devonshire Mall

Shoppers were doing a little shopping at Devonshire Mall in Windsor over the weekend and potentially saving someone's life.

The Windsor-Essex Gift of Life was on hand at the mall hosting an information and registration consent booth.

More than 20 people registered to be an organ donor on one day alone.

Gift of Life Secretary Diane MacKenzie says the issue usually comes up when people get their health or driver's license.

"They will ask you if you want to be an organ donor, they may not be paying attention and they say yes, or whatever, but the majority of the people don't even know," she says.

MacKenzie says in addition to consenting to being an organ donor, people need to make their wishes known.

"They have to tell their families because your family has to also agree at the end, when it comes the time, to donate," she says.

MacKenzie adds it's an important and life saving decision to make.

"The importance of organ donor is to keep people alive, you give back and you let people live," she says.

Based on the first quarter results from the Trillium Gift of Life Network, Windsor is ranked 157 out of 170 Ontario communities for registered donors.

 

With files from Gord Bacon