Thousands of Canadians are currently on waiting lists for life-saving organ transplants, but because of a lack of supply, many will not receive an operation in time. That’s why one family is turning to social media for help.
Bruce Malcolm was born with only one functioning kidney. For decades, he had no idea until a medical insurance exam revealed it. Once it was discovered, Bruce changed his diet and tried to stay active to help preserve the organ’s health. Unfortunately, the 80-year-old’s kidney problems worsened and he was eventually put on a form of dialysis.
Now, Bruce needs a new kidney, but the process to get one could take as long as six years and none of his three children are eligible to donate due to a condition that runs in their family. Bruce and his daughter, Karen Malcolm-Pye, decided to turn their search to social media.
Canada is in dire need for organ donors. In 2013, 4,500 Canadians were on a transplant waiting list. Of those, nearly 80 per cent were waiting for a kidney. Despite 90 per cent of Canadians claiming to support organ and tissue donation, less than 20 per cent have made plans to donate. One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and a tissue donor can benefit up to 75 individuals.
For more information on how you can help the Malcolm family, visit their Facebook page.