The terrible bus crash involving the Humboldt hockey team and the story of Logan Boulet, the young victim kept on life support so that his organs could be donated, touched the hearts of Canadians. Logan had signed his organ donor card approximately six weeks before the accident, when he was old enough to do so. The story also prompted a huge spike in organ donation registration, particularly among young people.
Transplant technology has come a long way from the 60s and 70s when radical operations like heart or lung transplants were new, high-risk, dangerous and debilitating (in the sense that a lifetime of potent anti-rejection drugs caused other problems and side-effects). Today, patients are surviving transplant surgery and living normal lives with relatively little impairment. More and more transplant opportunities are arising, and the operations are more efficient.
What is lacking now, unfortunately, are donor organs.