Anonymous Organ Donation – A Chat With Heather Badenoch

Written by Saad Ahmed “It was a few weeks out of my life in terms of recovery, but you give someone their whole life.” Heather Badenoch is a non-directed organ donor who donated 30% of her liver to a stranger in 2018. Non-directed organ donation is a completely anonymous process, as there are no connections … Continue reading Anonymous Organ Donation – A Chat With Heather Badenoch

Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 2)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Ariana Walji, Kaitlyn Foster, Molly Friesen Greg Wilkinson was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in his mid-20s. Thirty-five years later, in 2015, he began the process of being worked up for a kidney transplant and it was discovered that he would need a liver transplant as well.  Since his surgery in … Continue reading Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 2)

Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 1)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Molly Friesen, Ariana Walji, Kaitlyn Foster Greg Wilkinson was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in his mid-20s. Thirty-five years later, in 2015, he began the process of being worked up for a kidney transplant and it was discovered that he would need a liver transplant as well. Since his surgery in … Continue reading Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 1)

Opt-out systems of organ donation

By Simran Singh, Ashwin Sritharan and Simi Juriasingani Most countries in the world operate with an opt-in system of organ donation where individuals must actively consent to organ donation. However, in recent years, some countries have switched to opt-out systems of organ donation.  In the opt-out system, an individual’s consent to organ donation is presumed … Continue reading Opt-out systems of organ donation

Lesley Latchford – Kidney Donor (Part 2)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Noah Varghese and Katarina Zorcic  Lesley Latchford’s father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2003. By 2012, it was clear that he would need a transplant eventually. Lesley donated one of her kidneys to her father in February 2017. We recently had the opportunity to speak with her about her … Continue reading Lesley Latchford – Kidney Donor (Part 2)

Lesley Latchford – Kidney Donor (Part 1)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Katarina Zorcic and Noah Varghese Lesley Latchford’s father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2003. By 2012, it was clear that he would need a transplant eventually. Lesley donated one of her kidneys to her father in February 2017. We recently had the opportunity to speak with her about her … Continue reading Lesley Latchford – Kidney Donor (Part 1)

Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman – Transplant Program Director and Nephrologist

Interviewed by Jill Shah Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman joined the Division of Nephrology at St. Michael’s Hospital in 1993, where he made vital contributions to the rejuvenation of the kidney transplant program. He is now the director of the program that has become one of the pioneers of Canadian kidney care.  J: What drove or inspired … Continue reading Dr. Jeffrey Zaltzman – Transplant Program Director and Nephrologist

Doug Ferguson – Liver Transplant Recipient

Interviewed by Michelle Ho, Simi Juriasingani, and Elena Kum Doug Ferguson suffered from a liver disease that caused chronic inflammation for a number of years before being diagnosed with hepatic cancer. From undergoing chemotherapy to meeting the liver transplant requirements to undergoing two liver transplants, Doug has experienced a lot over the course of his … Continue reading Doug Ferguson – Liver Transplant Recipient

Shillane Labbett – Double Lung Transplant Recipient (Part 2)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani  Shillane Labbett was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at eighteen months of age. After a relatively normal upbringing, her symptoms worsened throughout adulthood. Her disease culminated with a severe episode of hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and low blood pressure, which led to a code being called. Shillane was put on a ventilator … Continue reading Shillane Labbett – Double Lung Transplant Recipient (Part 2)

Shillane Labbett – Double Lung Transplant Recipient (Part 1)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani  Shillane Labbett was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at eighteen months of age. After a relatively normal upbringing, her symptoms worsened throughout adulthood. Her disease culminated with a severe episode of hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and low blood pressure, which led to an emergency code being called. Shillane was put on a … Continue reading Shillane Labbett – Double Lung Transplant Recipient (Part 1)