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Many transplant patients adhering to 6-month sobriety rule improve to point operation not needed: doctor

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Trillium, the agency that co-ordinates organ donations in Ontario, has agreed to temporarily waive the policy requiring alcoholics to be sober for six months in a three-year, Ontario-only study set to begin next August. (Shutterstock)

The six-month sobriety rule is just one of many conditions that patients needing liver transplants must meet to be considered for a transplant, according to guidelines set by Trillium Gift of Life Network, the agency that co-ordinates organ donations in Ontario.

The issue has surfaced since Delilah Saunders, 26, an Inuk activist from Happy Valley Goose Bay, N.L., was admitted to a hospital in Ottawa on Dec. 8 and diagnosed with acute liver failure. But because she had been sober for only three months, her friends and family say, doctors told her she was ineligible for the waiting list.

In 2016, 2,906 transplants including 579 liver transplants were performed in Canada, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s organ replacement register. Yet at the end of 2016, there were 4,469 people, including 433 with chronic and acute liver diseases, on Canada’s transplant waiting lists. That same year 256 patients, including 90 with liver diseases, died while waiting for a transplant.

Click here to read the full story originally published by CBC News.

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