VGH ICU team members (front row, left to right): Dr. George Isac, Allana LeBlanc, Jocelyn Ross, Cheryl Surya, Cecilia Yeung, Stephanie Wright, Nadine Kapteyn, Simmie Kalan and (back row, left to tight) Jackson Lam, Becca King.
Congratulations to the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team for achieving B.C.'s third highest number of eye donations in 2018! Their dedication to donor referral will give 88 people the gift of sight.
In B.C. the practice of whole eye recovery allows for both corneas and sclera to be transplanted; one eye donor can provide up to eight people with transplants. Twenty-five people received sight-restoring corneal transplant thanks to the generosity of 20 eye donors from the VGH ICU. An additional 63 people will benefit from sclera grafts over the coming year. This is all due in part to ICU staff providing patients and their families the opportunity to consider eye donation, and the team's reporting to the donor referral line.
In addition to the positive impact on the lives of recipients, eye donation can bring comfort to donor families. As one family member wrote:
“My spouse of 12 years passed away of a heart attack on his birthday while driving home from work. I am so thankful that out of this unforeseen tragedy came the opportunity to help someone with their vision. I cry writing this but am so thankful that there is a this little part of him that lives on and is making someone's life better. Thank you."
To learn more about eye donation, and to register your wishes about eye and organ donation, please visit the Eye Bank of B.C. website.