MYTHBUSTING

Get the facts about donation!


Myth #1: "If the hospital knows I'm an organ donor, the doctors won't try to save my life." 

FACT:  Hospital staff cannot access the donor registry, and they don't manage the organ recovery process. Organ, eye and tissue recovery happens only AFTER all life-saving efforts have been exhausted and death has been legally declared.

MYTH #2:  "Organ and tissue donation will leave my body not presentable for a funeral or memorial service."

FACT:  Donated organs are surgically removed, similar to gall-bladder or appendix surgery. Donation does NOT change the body's appearance.

MYTH #3:  "I can't be an organ donor because I can't donate blood or I have a history of medical illness or substance abuse."

FACT:  EVERYONE can register as a donor, regardless of age, race or medical history. Suitability to be a donor is determined at the time of death.

MYTH #4:  "If I register as a donor, my organs might be sold on the black market."

FACT:  It is illegal to buy and sell human organs in the United States. Registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor ensures your donations will be used ethically and given to those most in need of a transplant.

MYTH #5:  "I need my parent's permission to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor."

FACT:  Parental consent is not required for anyone at least 13 years old to register. However, parents make the final donation decisions for minors who become potential donors.

MYTH #6:  "If I donate, the recipient's family will continuously contact my family."

FACT:  Your family's information will never be released without their consent. Communication is carefully screened by the organ procurement organization.

MYTH #7:  “Rich and famous people move to the top of the transplant list, while the average person waits longer for a transplant."

FACT:  Ranking of the waiting list does not consider race, income or social status. Factors considered are blood type, medical urgency, geographic location, organ size, tissue match and time spent waiting.

MYTH #8:  "My religion does not approve of organ donation."

FACT:  All major religions in the U.S. support organ, eye and tissue donation. Some leave it to personal choice; others encourage it and consider it a charitable act.

MYTH #9:  "I can pick and choose which organs I want to donate."

FACT:  Indiana is a “Yes means Yes” state.  There is no picking and choosing of which organs you wish to donate.   This is another reason why it is SO VERY important to share your wishes with your family. Because once you're gone, it's up to them to carry out your wishes.

MYTH #10:  "My family will have to pay the medical costs of my organ donation."

FACT:  Your family will not pay for the donation process. The organ, eye or tissue recipient is responsible for these costs.
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