“Tree of Life” grows as 23 leaves are added in honour of organ and tissue donation at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

Published On: April 17, 2023

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is proud to announce the addition of 23 donor leaves to its “Tree of Life”, honouring organ and tissue donation at STEGH.

In celebration of BeaDonor Month, the hospital is recognizing two organ donors, which led to six organs donated, and 21 tissue donors by adding one leaf for each donation. The donations took place between March and December 2022.

“Our goal for this month is to recognize the incredible decision donors and their families have made at a very difficult time. This leads to thousands of lives being saved,” says Dr. Fahad Sheikh, Intensivist and Physician Lead, Organ and Tissue Donation at STEGH. “I encourage everyone to consider organ and tissue donation.”

There are now over 125 handcrafted leaves proudly displayed on the Tree of Life, which is located outside of the Intensive Care Unit in the Hallway of Heroes.

Over four million Ontarians have formally registered their consent to organ and tissue donation. Talk to your family about your donation decision and visit www.BeADonor.ca to register or learn more.