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4,500 Manitobans sign organ donor cards after Humboldt

The number of Manitobans registering to be organ donors has skyrocketed in the week since the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

The story of 21-year-old defenceman Logan Boulet’s decision to donate his organs has inspired people across the country to register, officials say. On Friday, Transplant Manitoba announced 4,500 Manitobans have followed Boulet’s example.

“Canadians and people from all over the world have been affected by this immense loss of life,” said Dr. Faisal Siddiqui, a Gift of Life physician with Transplant Manitoba.

“The response has created a groundswell of interest and work surrounding organ and tissue donation the likes we had never seen before.”

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The number of Manitobans registering to be organ donors has skyrocketed in the week since the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

The story of 21-year-old defenceman Logan Boulet’s decision to donate his organs has inspired people across the country to register, officials say. On Friday, Transplant Manitoba announced 4,500 Manitobans have followed Boulet’s example.

Logan Boulet’s decision to donate his organs has inspired people across the country to register for organ donation. (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League photo)</p>

Logan Boulet’s decision to donate his organs has inspired people across the country to register for organ donation. (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League photo)

"Canadians and people from all over the world have been affected by this immense loss of life," said Dr. Faisal Siddiqui, a Gift of Life physician with Transplant Manitoba.

"The response has created a groundswell of interest and work surrounding organ and tissue donation the likes we had never seen before."

The number of Manitobans now registered online has hit 27,500.

"I am in awe and I hope you are as well," Brandon Tory MLA Reg Helwer said during a news conference at Health Sciences Centre.

The province is hoping to build on that momentum through Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, which runs April 22 through April 28.

The goal is to hit 30,000 registered donors.

You can start by talking to your loved ones to ensure they know what you want to do in you are ever in that situation, said Jodie Shepit, whose 17-year-old daughter Jazmyn was killed nearly four years ago.

Because Shepit knew her daughter wanted to donate her organs, that’s what she did.

"Jazmyn was a save-the-world kind of girl," Shepit said, while holding a picture of her daughter.

"She had the most compassionate heart and smiled with her eyes. I chose to donate all of her organs, including her eyes, so one day I might see my daughter looking back at me."

Jazmyn’s organs helped save eight lives. Boulet’s helped save six.

"I have never regretted my decision," Shepit said.

Manitobans can register their intent to donate their tissue and organs online at signupforlife.ca.

jane.gerster@freepress.mb.ca

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