Expert says N.B. family’s inability to donate dead son’s organs illustrates gap in system

An expert says the story of a New Brunswick teen who died in a car crash last month is exposing the gaps in Canada’s organ donation system.David Hartell of the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program says an estimated 4,000 Canadians who die each year have the potential to become organ donors, but only about 800 end up doing so.Story continues belowREAD: 4 teenagers killed in single-vehicle crash in Miramichi, N.B.He says the case of 16-year-old Avery Astle highlights the sad reality that even families who want to be donors sometimes aren’t given the chance due to a lack of hospital resources, trained personnel or rigorous procedures to prioritize donation.Astle’s parents told CBC News they’d wanted to donate their sons’ organs and tissues after he died in an April 20 crash but were told nobody from the specialized donation team was available.WATCH: Miramichi, N.B. community in mourning after death of four teens in crash

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