Organ donation: Hoang Mai, MP Brossard–La Prairie, pays tribute to young Vincent Lambert and calls for mobilization

MP invites citizens to sign their health insurance card

OTTAWA, May 4, 2012 —
MP Hoang Mai (Brossard–La Prairie) paid tribute this afternoon to young Vincent Lambert, a constituent waiting for a new heart, by asking his parliamentary colleagues and the public to sign their organ donation cards without delay.
Mai highlighted the case of Vincent Lambert during question period in the House of Commons.
“This young man from Brossard-La Prairie is surviving thanks to a mechanical heart, but now he absolutely must have a new heart,” he said. “Last week, to mark Organ Donor Week, he and his family called on citizens to sign the back of their health insurance cards.”
The MP reminded that signing your health insurance card could save the life of someone like Vincent. “By signing our cards, we have the power to change lives. Organ donation is an exceptional gesture that can transform the lives of many people who are waiting for a transplant.”
“Don’t be discouraged Vincent,” said Mai to his constituent. “Stay strong and optimistic. On behalf of the population of Brossard-La Prairie, I wish you good luck.”
1,264 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant in Quebec, including 16 children. Vincent’s family asked citizens to use the hashtag #uncoeurpourVincent on social networks or to go to to obtain information on organ donation.