Common Myths About Organ and Tissue Donation

Myth: If I am a registered donor, doctors will not try as hard to save my life.
Fact: For a doctor or an EMT caring for someone in a medical crisis, their first priority is to save your life.  They are not involved in organ/tissue donation or transplantation.

Myth: I have health issues, so no one will want my organs or tissues.
Fact: Doctors determine if someone is suitable to become a donor at the time of death.  Regular advances in transplantation mean many more people can become donors.

Myth: My religion does not support donation.
Fact: All major religions support organ and tissue donation as a personal choice and a compassionate act. Please see our section on religious views.

Myth: An open phentermine online scams casket funeral is not possible after donation.
Fact: The recovery of organs and tissues does not impact the ability to have an open casket funeral.

Myth: I am too old to become a donor.
Fact: Don’t rule yourself out. Medical professionals determine at the time what can be used.

Myth: Those who are rich or famous get transplants sooner than others.
Fact: This is not true. Organs are allocated in a fair and equitable manner based on the urgency of medical need, not according to a patient’s financial, political, social, or celebrity status.

Myth: Organs can be purchased or sold in the United States.
Fact: It is illegal to buy or sell an organ in the United States.

Myth: To be an organ and tissue donor costs my family money.
Fact: There is no additional cost to your family for donation. You (or your insurance company) are responsible for hospital expenses prior to death.