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Facts and Myths about Organ Donation

separator The facts make it plain that the need for organ donors is greater than the availability of organs. 

  • More than 85,000 people are currently on the national transplant waiting list.
  • In 2003, more than 6,103 patients died while waiting for an organ transplant.
  • There are two people added to the national transplant list for every one person who receives a transplant.

If you’re interested in becoming a donor in the event of your death, here’s what you need to know: 

If you indicate on your driver’s license that you want to be an organ donor, or if you sign a Uniform Organ Donor Card, you will definitely become an organ donor if you die and your organs are healthy.  In fact, your body becomes the property of your next of kin when you die. Healthcare providers will talk with them about what your wishes were, but if you haven’t told them about your desire to be a donor, they may not feel comfortable with the idea. This can be a difficult issue for families. Talking about your wishes ahead of time can make things easier on them at a difficult time. 

If you indicate in your will that you want to be an organ donor, there can be no interference from family members. The truth is that nobody will read your will right away, and unless you’ve spoken with your family, they will not know that you wanted to be a donor. 

If you want to be an organ donor, a discussion about it with your family is the best way to make sure the donation happens. Some people are uncomfortable with organ donations for religious or other personal reasons. It’s important to address these kinds of issues when everyone isn’t in a state of grief and shock. 

Other misperceptions that people have about organ donation: 

If doctors know you want to be an organ donor, they won’t work as hard to save you if you’re in a serious accident. Your medical team will make every effort possible to save your life before even thinking about organ donation. 

Organ donation will be expensive for my family. The person who receives an organ is the one who pays for it, usually through insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. 

Organ donation disfigures you so that you can’t have an open casket. Donation does not disfigure the body at all, and it does not interfere with the type of funeral you or your family would want to have. 

For more information about organ donation, ask your doctor what you need to do to get started. Or you can visit Web site of the United Network for Organ Sharing or the U.S. Government’s Web site for Organ Donation

United Network for Organ Sharing or the U.S. Government’s Web site for Organ Donation
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