Thirteen Things about MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION
Transplantation is the act of surgically removing
an organ from one person and placing it into another person. Transplantation
occurs because the recipient’s organ has failed or has been damaged through
illness or injury.
If emergency room doctors know you’re an organ donor, they won’t work as hard
to save you.
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 if you die and after your family has been consulted. The medical staff trying to save lives is completely
separate from the transplant team. Donation takes place and transplant surgeons
are called in only after all efforts to save a life have been exhausted and
death is imminent or has been declared.
2. Myth: When you’re waiting for a
transplant, your financial status or celebrity status is as important as your
Fact: The computerized matching system
does not select recipients based on fame or wealth. Organs are matched by blood
and tissue typing, organ size, medical urgency, waiting time, and geographic
3. Myth: Having "organ donor" noted on your driver’s license or
carrying a donor card is all you have to do to become a donor.
Fact: While a signed donor card and a driver’s
license with an "organ donor" designation are legal documents, organ
and tissue donation is always discussed with family members prior to the
donation. To ensure that your family understands your wishes, it is important
that you share your decision to donate LIFE.
4. Myth: I am 60 years old. I am too old to be a donor.
People of all ages may be organ and tissue donors. Physical condition, not age,
is important. Please sign a donor card; physicians will decide whether your
organs and tissues can be transplanted.
5. Myth: My family will be charged
for donating my organs.
Fact: There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for organ and
tissue donation. Funeral costs remain the responsibility of the family.
People can recover from brain death.
People can recover from comas, but not brain death. Coma and brain death are
not the same. Brain death is final.
Minorities should refuse to donate because organ distribution discriminates by
Organs are matched by factors, including blood and tissue typing, which can
vary by race. Patients are more likely to find matches among donors of their
same race or ethnicity.
Organs are sold, with enormous profits going to the medical community.
law prohibits buying and selling organs in the U.S. Violators are punishable by
prison sentences and fines.
than 88,000 men, women and children currently await life-saving transplants.
10. Every 12
minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list.
11. An average
of 17 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
12. In 2004,
there were 7,150 deceased organ donors and 6,990 living organ donors
resulting in 27,028 organ transplants.
Don’t let myths
and rumors keep you from saving lives.
Please, learn the facts.
Annika will be
returning to the liver list.
Kajsa continues to wait for
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