It is hard for me to express how proud I am of Harold Albrecht and his family? what an amazing member of our Tory family. As a physician I have watched many families desperately wait for organs. The Albrecht family has truly given the gift of life to 5 families. I hope the Albrechts will serve as an example. Sign your organ donor cards and tell your families that you have. Thousands wait for organs as I write this. Please try and help!,
The Tory MP, his dying wife and the five lives saved with her organs
OTTAWA— Globe and Mail Update
Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 5:38PM EST
It was election night and it was shaping up to be a very good night for Harold Albrecht. He was headed toward his third victory as the Conservative MP for Kitchener–Conestoga in Southwestern Ontario.
But as he and his wife, Betty, watched the returns on television, she suddenly collapsed. Later, she died in hospital of a spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage.
Mr. Albrecht told his story Monday night in the House of Commons. It was close to 11 p.m. when he took to the floor of the Commons, however, and so it’s doubtful many people were listening.
Too bad. What Canadians usually hear from the House are the heckles and insults traded back and forth during Question Period. But at this late hour, Mr. Albrecht was participating in the “take note” debate on organ donation. He was one of the last MPs to speak.
A religious man, Mr. Albrecht talked passionately and personally about the decision he made on election night in May to donate his wife’s organs. There was not a hint of politics or partisanship in his remarks.
The debate was inspired by the situation facing Garry Keller. The 35-year-old chief of staff to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird recently went public with his plea for a living kidney donor.
Seven years ago, Mr. Keller suffered kidney failure and has been on dialysis ever since. Recently, his doctors informed him that dialysis could soon harm his other organs and that he really needed to start actively looking for a donor.