When it comes to organ donation, there are many myths that can cloud the judgment of potential donors. Everything from preferential treatment on waiting lists to conflicts in religion are myths that hover around donation that are simply not true. In reality, the organ donation process is straightforward with very few moral dilemmas to consider along the way. The decision to become an organ donor should not be taken lightly, so you should discuss with your friends and family first so they are aware of your wishes and you can learn more about the process. If you have any questions that come up along the way, contact us at LifeCenter and we will happily walk you through everything! Here are a few of the most common myths in organ donation.
Myth: I have a medical condition, so I can’t be a donor.
Almost anyone, completely regardless of age or medical history can easily sign up to be an organ donor. During the process of registering as a donor, the organization will ask you a few questions to figure out whether or not you are a good candidate to become an organ donor. More often than not, even those with very complicated medical conditions and histories will qualify and be able to register. The few conditions that would stop you from becoming a donor include HIV, a systemic infection, or active cancer. Either way, if you have an interest in becoming an organ donor, there is no harm in attempting to register!
Myth: I am too old or young to be a donor.
The reality is that you are never too old to donate your organs, and most states allow people as young as 18 to register as donors. The oldest donor in the United States was a 93-year-old man named Carlton. Carlton donated his liver to a 69-year-old woman who was suffering from end-stage liver disease. Through his selfless gift, this woman was granted a new lease on life. The only factor that matters for a successful donation is the state of your organ at the time of transplant. As long as it is functioning well and there is no physical damage to the organ itself, anyone can donate!
Myth: My religion is against organ donation.
This is a very common misconception among many groups. The reality is that most major religions not only accept organ donation, they encourage it as an act of selfless giving. You should, of course, clarify any questions you may have with a trusted religious official yourself.
Myth: Hospitals won’t save registered organ donors.
Once again, this myth tends to run rampant through much of the United States. The fear that once a hospital sees that you are an organ donor that they will give you poor treatment just to get your organs is far from the truth. Hospitals have nothing to gain from gathering organs, especially since the buying and selling of human organs is illegal in the United States.
The organ donation process is simple; it is a selfless gift that can change the life of someone in need. You can register as a living or deceased donor today by clicking here. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the organ donation process, visit the LifeCenter website!