4 Organ Donor Myths
Over 87,000 people today are on the U.S. national organ transplant waiting list. Each day, about 17 people die while waiting for an organ transplant. Most people in the U.S. approve of organ donation, but only about half of people actually agree to allow the donation of a loved one's organs when asked to do so.
Most people would happily accept an organ from another individual if it could save their life or end their own suffering, yet many are reluctant to be donors. Why the discrepancy? The official U.S. Government web site for organ and tissue donation and transplantation (maintained by the Health Resources and Services Administration) explains that myths concerning organ donation often spark unfounded fears about organ donation.
Let's look at some of the myths about organ donation:
If these or other fears have kept you from signing an organ donor card, take the time to review the information on the U.S. government Web site for organ and tissue donation (www.organdonor.gov). You can print out a donor card today from the Web site if you choose. Remember that even if you sign a donor card it is essential that your family know your wishes, since your family may be asked to sign a consent form in order for your donation to occur.
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Last Editorial Review: 1/31/2006
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