In a previous post, I talked about some of the reasons why people do not sign themselves up as organ donors. One of the reason is that people tend to believe some myths about organ donation.
In this article, I will talk about 7 organ donation facts that everyone should know.
1. You are never too old
No matter how old you are, and no matter what your medical history looks like, you should consider yourself as a potential donor. At the time of death, a physician will decide whether your organs and tissue can be transplanted.
2. A donation is possible even with medical conditions
Do you know that even a cancer patient can register as an organ donor? Some cancer patients still have organs and tissues that can be used after they die. The decision whether an organ or tissue can be safely used is then made by physicians and medical professionals, as long as the patient’s family agrees that you wanted to donate your organs.
4. You still can have an open-casket funeral
Most people refuse to donate their organs because of that reason. But the fact is that donating an organ will not disfigure the body or change the way it looks in a casket. Your body will be treated with respect and care. You will have an open-casket funeral and there will be no signs of missing organs.
4. Doctors will do their best to save your life no matter what
People think that if they sign up as organ donors, the doctor will not do everything they could to save their lives. However, rest assured that the doctors’ top priority is to save your life. Organ transplant will be considered only if brain death has been declared by a physician.
5. Famous and rich people do not get priority
No. Celebrities and wealthy people do not get top priority when it comes to who to put on the top of the waiting list. The length of time it takes to receive a transplant is determined by many factors, such as the length of time on the waiting list, blood type, severity of illness, and other medical criteria.
6. All major religions support organ donation
All major religion are favorable of organ and tissue donation and consider it an act of charity.
7. The donor and his family are never charged
The organ donor’s family is never charged for donation. The family is only charged for the costs of all final efforts to save your life, and those costs are sometimes misinterpreted as costs related to organ donation. Costs for organ removal are paid by the transplant recipient.
Now that you learned the facts, the next step you should take is to educate your family and friends. You can do that by sharing this post with your loved ones.