Organ Donation: Myths and Questions

 

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Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list for an organ to be donated. Anyone with good medical conditions can be an organ donor, but people tend to have a lot of fears or hesitations when deciding to become an organ donor. Your organs can save up to 8 lives, while your tissue could save up to 75 lives.

 

What causes people to decide not to be an organ donor?

 

Behind the decision, people think about their beliefs or religious views. Sometimes they’re fed with myths about organ donation. If you’re considering becoming an organ donor, you should know that you can sign up for organ donation at any time and any age. Even children under the age of 18 can become an organ donor.

 

A big myth to organ donation is that doctors don’t work with the same urgency to save your life. That’s far from the truth as the main goal of every doctor is to do everything they can to save you. Your doctor is obligated to keep you alive in top priority until you are pronounced clinically or legally dead.

 

How does the Organ Transplant List work?

 

Only 54% of Americans are an organ donor even though 95% are in favor. Donated organs are given to someone in need based off of size, blood type, level of sickness (to be given an organ transplant, the person who received the organ has to meet specific health conditions), donor distance, tissue type and the amount of time on the waiting list.

 

Organ donation does not decide who receives an organ based on race, income or social status.

 

What is the cost of organ donation?

 

Donating an organ is exactly what it says it is; a donation. The donor’s family does not pay any medical expenses for organ transplant, only the procedures/medical expenses before death.

 

The person who receives the organ will be charged for all medical expenses of pre-procedure care, the procedure, recovery, medications and more. Receiving an organ is expensive which is why the families raise money to help cover the costs.

 

What can I do to help?

 

There are plenty of ways you can aid in organ donation. If you aren’t already, sign up to be an organ donor. For any reason, if becoming an organ donor is not in your plans, you can contribute financially. Many families will start a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for financial assistance. Lastly, if you’d like to spread awareness of organ donation you can get involved with your local community. Attend events, become a partner of Donate Life, or start a fundraiser for organ donation.

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