Canada's organ donation rate is among the lowest in the industrialized world – and every organ lost is also a life. For the first time ever on-screen, the new CBC documentary Vital Bonds (1 x 60') gives viewers unprecedented access to the moving real-life stories of organ donation in Canada. The family of a 28-year-old athlete decides to donate his organs following a traumatic brain injury. A two-week-old baby girl receives a donor heart from a thousand miles away. These are just some of the life and death stories covered with unflinching authenticity to show the lasting impact and major importance of organ donation in Canada. An ID: Productions film, Vital Bonds premieres Thurs., Nov. 17 at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT on CBC Television's The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.