Roman was born in September of 2017. His parents, Monique and Richard, noticed that he was severely jaundiced. When his jaundice did not improve Roman was transferred from the hospital in Windsor, Ontario to a hospital in London, a two-hour drive away, before finally ending up at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, another two hours further away.
Through a series of tests, the team at SickKids diagnosed Roman with biliary atresia. On February 12th, 2018, Roman was listed for a life-saving liver transplant. Monique stayed with her son at SickKids Hospital and Richard continued working back home in Windsor. Monique remembers this period as a time tinged with sadness, hopelessness, and denial but overall she was grateful that her family “had all the priceless goods – baby Roman, each other and our faith in God.”
As the family continued to wait for a liver, Monique went through the assessment process to see if she could be Roman’s living liver donor and it was confirmed that she was a match.
On August 16th, 2018, Monique donated 20% of her liver to Roman. The transplant was successful and today he requires daily medication and routine checkups at hospitals in Windsor and Toronto but is doing well. Monique says that Roman is “an energetic snuggle bug that loves to make people smile.”
National Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Week (NOTDAW) takes place April 19 – 25, 2020.
NOTDAW is celebrated through awareness campaigns and encouraging individuals to register as organ donors.
It takes two minutes to register, please register online today and share your wishes with your family.
90% of Canadians support organ donation, however, less than 25% of Canadians are registered.
1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives and can benefit the quality of life for up to 75 people.
There are currently 4,500 Canadians waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
Green ribbons, and green-lit landmarks, pop up across Canada during NOTDAW to honour the donors and donor families who gave the gift of life. They also acknowledge the thousands of patients in need of a transplant and those who have died waiting. Canadians are reminded to register their intent to donate and to discuss their wishes with family and friends. (Source: CBS)