Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Organ Transplant Recipient Puzzled by Law's Donation Veto

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Organ Transplant Recipient Puzzled by Law's Donation Veto

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Organ recipient puzzled by donation veto

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SASKATOON - A liver transplant recipient in Saskatchewan says he's concerned about a provincial law that allows families of organ donors to veto their loved one's wishes to donate.

Fred Hofmann was speaking yesterday in Saskatoon to the province's Standing Committee on Human Services, which is holding public hearings on donations.

The Warman resident says he has yet to find anyone who can explain the law's veto, and suggests legal authorities with the province find out why it's still on the books.

Hofmann says it's also perplexing why fewer than one per cent of Saskatchewan residents are registered as organ donors -- the lowest rate in Canada.

He says if more information about the issue was presented to the public, there would be more support for an opt-out program in which people are placed on a donor list unless they choose otherwise. …

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