THERE ARE SO MANY VARIABLES THAT GO INTO ORGAN DONATION. THIS PAGE WILL EDUCATE YOU WITH FACTS AND TALK ABOUT THE MYTHS OF DONATING ORGANS

Myths

Myth: I have a medical condition, so I can’t be a donor.

Myth: I’m too old to be a donor.

Myth: I don’t think my religion supports donation.

Myth: If they see I’m a donor at the hospital, they won’t try to save my life.

Myth: Rich or famous people on the waiting list get organs faster.

Myth: My family won’t be able to have an open casket funeral if I’m a donor.

Myth: My family will have to pay for the donation.

Myth: Somebody could take my organs and sell them.

Myth: If I’m in a coma, they could take my organs.

Myth: People in the LGBT community can’t donate.

Facts

Fact: A national computer system and strict standards are in place to ensure the ethical and fair distribution of organs. Organs are matched by blood and tissue typing, organ size, medical urgency, waiting time, and geographic location.

 Fact: People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.

Fact: Organs and tissue that can be donated include: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, nerve and heart valves.

Fact: Even if you have indicated your wishes on your driver’s license, state donor registry, or the National Donate Life Registry, share your decision with your family so they know your wishes.

Fact: Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most major religions. Read about theological perspectives on organ and tissue donation

 Fact: An open-casket funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.

 Fact: There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for organ and tissue donation.

 Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ donation can only be considered after brain death has been declared by a physician.

 Fact: Information about an organ donor is only released to the recipient if the family of the donor requests or agrees to it. Otherwise, a patient’s privacy is maintained for both donor families and recipients.

Fact: Living donation increases the existing organ supply 

Fact: Donors are needed for all races and ethnic groups. Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background

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