There are well over a hundred Canadians on the waiting list for a heart transplant. Ottawa’s Jim Maveety was one of them for more than two agonizing years. Jim received the gift of life from a hero – an organ donor – in the Spring of 2015. His hope was renewed and life began again. Due to this ultimate gift, Jim proudly walked his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, a milestone for which the whole Maveety Family is beyond grateful.
Fast forward to today, and Jim faces the daunting waiting list for a new heart once again. Jim, under the excellent care of the Ottawa Heart Institute, was diagnosed with cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV). CAV is essentially an accelerated type of coronary artery disease in people who have had a heart transplant. It messes with blood flow to the heart and with the heart muscle itself leading to the need for a repeat heart transplant.
So important to the whole Maveety family is raising awareness about the importance of registering to be an organ donor. 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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