Myths or Facts???
1) If I am in an accident and the hospital knows that I am designated as a donor, the doctors won't try to save my life.
Truth:This is a false misconception that people always have. Doctors, nurse, paramedics will do everything they can to save your life. In order to be able to donate an organ, you have to be on a ventilator and are declared brain dead. Transplant team will not take your organ out until they have receive permission from the deceased family.
2) I am too old to be an organ donor
Truth:This is false, there are not age limit as to when you can become an organ donor. At the time of death, medical professionals will evaluate you and determine which organ and tissue is suitable for donation.
This is false, a person's organ and tissue are always determine at the time of death. Clinical professionals from the organ and tissue donor program will review medical and social histories of the donor to determine its eligibility.
4) If I say I only want one of my organs to be donated, they will take all my organs
This is false, your wishes will be followed.
5) Being an organ donor means my body will be disfigured and my family will not be able to have an open casket funeral for me
This is false, donated organs are removed surgically in a routine operation similar to regular surgery. Donation will not interfere with traditional funeral arrangement.