"These are figures that would make any country in the world proud", the organisation's Sally Johnson said, before adding that more donors are still needed. "He is a great hero and one of the nicest people you would have been lucky enough to meet". As representatives of the health sector, registration of potential donors became much more active after Friday's disaster.
President and CEO of the Ontario Trillium Gift of Life Network Ronnie Gavsie says they saw the numbers shoot up following the news coming out last Sunday that Boulet was a donor.
The Canadian Press reports that by Monday, April 8, almost 900 people in Alberta had expressed interest in becoming an organ donor, compared to the average of 425 normally seen over a two-day period.
"Around three people who could benefit from a donated organ still die a day".
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In B.C., 363 people have registered their decisions online since Friday evening, a BC Transplant spokesperson said, compared to 59 registrations over the weekend of March 24 and 25, which is more typical.
"Today, approximately 117,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant", Poythress said.
"I want everyone out there to put their name on the donor list because you can save so many people's lives if you just do that", an emotional Susan Procack told CTV Toronto. He had made it known to his family that this was his wish, according to Langevin.
Roman Catholic bishop Paul Mason has said plans for an opt-out system "undermine the concept of donation as a gift, and cross the line of what is a reasonable action for the state to take in relation to the individuals within it".