Nova Scotia become a 1st in North America with presumed consent for organ donation

Nova Scotia become a 1st in North America with presumed consent for organ donation

Under the new bill, people will be able to opt out of donating their organs, but the onus will be on them to do so once the bill is proclaimed.  nova

Cindy Ryan knows to the day how long it’s been since her life changed thanks to an organ donation, and what that change has allowed her to experience.

“My 50th birthday celebrated in hospital and a few more since,” said the Westville, N.S., resident.

“My daughter becoming vice-principal. My son graduating from St. F.X. My step-daughter becoming a nurse. My grandson starting high school

“My first date with the man who is now my husband, and our wedding, which gave me another son and granddaughter. The list goes on and on. In fact, it is 1,979 days long and counting.”

Ryan was on hand Tuesday as Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil tabled legislation that will make the province the first jurisdiction in North America to have presumed consent for organ and tissue donation.

People will be able to opt out of donating their organs, but the onus will be on them to do so once the bill is proclaimed. The bill would not apply to people younger than 19 or those who do not have the ability to consent for themselves.

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