There are well over a hundred Canadians on the waiting list for a heart transplant. Ottawa’s Jim Maveety was one of them.
Jim had pneumonia 15 years ago and the infection went to his heart. He’s had health challenges since then, but in the summer of 2012 he had to take four months off work to have a portable defibrillator inserted into his chest to automatically restart his heart during failure. Jim returned to work, but could only manage a few shifts a week, and finally stopped working in April 2013. He just could not do it any longer. Jim needed a new heart.
Jim and his wife Marah worked valiantly to keep life as normal as possible for their children, Ellis and Brett. They could not have anticipated that the wait for a new heart would be more than 2 years. The agonizing despair of the waitlist took its toll.
Jim finally received the gift of life from a hero – an organ donor – in the Spring of 2015. His hope was renewed and life began again.
So important to the whole Maveety family is raising awareness about the importance of registering to be an organ donor. That Jim received his gift of life doesn’t mean the story is over. This hope is so important to all families and patients on the waiting list for organ transplant. Sadly, only 25% of Ontarians are registered organ donors. About half of the most desperate patients never receive their transplant operation because of the shortage.
Let Jim’s story be an inspiration to you.
Go to beadonor.ca/jims-hearts to register today!
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