In a previous post, we talked about some of the reasons why people do not register as organ donors.
People tend to believe some myths about organ donation.
In this article, we will talk about 7 organ donation facts that everyone should know.
1. You are never too old
There is no age limit for organ donation. No matter how old you are, 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.
3. 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
Most major religions if not all support organ donation as it is considered as saving lives.
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.
An online survey of 5,100 American adults that was conducted in 2010 by Donate Life America, in partnership with Astellas Pharma US, Inc. The survey found out that:
- 52% of people believe that if they register as organ donors and god forbid, something bad happens to them, doctors may not try as hard to save their lives.
- 19% think that they may not be acceptable donors.
- 61% believe that there is a possibility for a brain dead person to recover from his or her injuries.
- About 53% of adults who wish to donate their organs do not even know how to register as organ donors.
Approximately 22 people die while waiting for a vital organ transplant. Giving the people in need the gift of life is the best gift you could give anybody.
Do you know that you could save 8 lives by registering as an organ donor? Registering as an organ donor doesn’t cost you anything. It is simple and easy. Register today and save 8 lives.
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.