Victoria-Jane was only five months old when she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that makes it hard for the heart to pump blood throughout her body. Sixteen months after Victoria-Jane was born she was listed for a life-saving heart transplant. Her mother, Paola, had to stop working to care for Victoria-Jane while she was listed on the transplant waitlist. During this stressful time, the Foundation assisted the family with expenses like their mortgage, food, gas, parking, and cell phone bills. This financial support allowed the family to focus more time on caring for Victoria-Jane while maintaining financial stability as Victoria-Jane’s father Widnyck continued to work and helped Paola care for the family’s three children.
Eventually, Victoria-Jane became too sick to be at home and she was admitted into CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal. She was put on a ventricle assist device to help her heart pump blood while her family waited for the call they so desperately hoped for.
After a year and a half of waiting the family finally received the news that there was a heart available for Victoria-Jane. Paola remembers it as the “biggest gift ever.” The heart transplant was a success and now Victoria-Jane and her family are back at home. While Victoria-Jane must take daily medication, Paola says that she is full of energy and always in a good mood. As a family, Paola acknowledges that they all “appreciate life and our loved ones more” post-transplant.
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)