Organ and Tissue Donation

In 1998, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) was the first Québec hospital organization to have a dedicated nurse to support and explain the organ and tissue donation process to potential donor families. This important end-of-life care option compliments the holistic and humanistic support offered at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and across the MUHC.

At the Montreal Children’s Hospital, organs and tissues can be donated following a diagnosis of neurological death. In addition, tissues can be donated following a cardiac death. For each type of donation an evaluation process is carried out to determine the eligibility of the donor.

Our service understands that the death of a child is a traumatic event for parents. Whether or not a family chooses to donate, our team offers bereavement support and resources to help cope with the death. We take time to explain the donation process, encourage questions, and provide time to ensure the choice that best reflects family values and beliefs. The Organ and Tissue Donation team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached at (514) 412-4400, x 36590.