Myths About Organ Donation

There’s a lot that people don’t understand about organ donation, and even more that they wrongfully believe. Let’s set the record straight…

If the doctors know that I am a donor, they won’t try as hard to save my life

This is not a common myth that is 100% false. Healthcare professionals caring for critically ill patients will do everything possible to save lives. The possibility of organ donation is only considered when all lifesaving efforts have failed and survival is clinically impossible. There is a completely separate team of health care professionals responsible for organ donation and transplantation.

I’m too old to be a donor

You’re never too old to donate – in fact, the oldest known organ donor was 93 years old and the oldest tissue donor was 103! There are many factors that go into determining eligibility for donation, all which will be evaluated by a team of expert medical professionals at time of death.

Donating organs is against my religion

Almost every religion actually supports donation as an act of generosity and compassion. Christianity, Mormonism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism and all included on the list of religions that support and encourage organ and tissue donation as a sacred gift to be given.

Donating organs will disfigure my body – my family will not be able to have an open casket funeral

Organ donation procedures are treated exactly the same as any other surgery, and are performed respectfully and with the utmost care. All incisions will be closed following the procedure and easily concealed underneath clothes. Tissue is likewise never removed from any visible areas like the neck, hands, or face.

I can’t be a donor because of my medical condition

This may not be the case! You do not have to be in perfect health to be a donor. At the time of death a team of expert medical professionals will assess suitability for donation, so don’t count yourself out!

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

This has not – and will not – ever happen. Organ donations are only assessed at the time of brain death, which is clinically different from a coma. 

Rich people get organs faster than anyone else – what’s the point?

The organ transplant waiting list is determined by many factors – but wealth is not one of them. The severity of the patient’s illness, their blood type, and their time on the waiting list are only a few of the factors that determine waiting list position. You can be assured that your generous gift of life will be going to the patient that it can help the most.

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