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Organ donation among people receiving medical assistance in dying (MAID) is on the rise as they seek to support people who choose to donate, as well as respect their autonomy and dignity, Quebec researchers say. they are calling for more cooperation.

The researchers said that 64 people in Quebec donated their organs after medical care after dying between 2018 and 2022, noting that this group of donors increased to 14 percent of all organs donated in the last year of the study.

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They say they analyzed data from all MAID recipients who approached Transplant Quebec during a five-year study period for potential organ donation and found that the number of donors increased to 24 in 2022, up from eight in 2018.

Out of 245 people who were referred, 82 were selected.


Of these, 64 were deemed medically fit and donated a total of 182 organs, including kidneys, livers and lungs.

These are the same organs that are usually obtained through standard donation after a person’s death.

Of the 163 patients who did not donate, 91 were deemed medically ineligible, and 21 declined altogether.

However, 34 patients, or almost 21 percent, declined for unknown reasons that require further study, said lead author Dr. Matthew Weiss, medical director of Transplant Quebec.

— This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on January 29, 2024.


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