Busting Donation Myths
I'm too old/sick to donate!
People of any age can be donors. Anyone over the age of 18 can register to be a donor. In some states, people under 18 can register and their registration becomes legal when they turn 18. If they die before that, parents have to give consent.
Even with a medical condition, donation may be possible. At the time of death, donation professionals determine whether a donor’s organs can be used for transplantation.
The ER staff won't save me if they know I'm a donor!
If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life, whether or not you are a registered donor.
Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
My family will get stuck with the bill!
There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.
It's against my religion!
All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation – and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
Rich people and celebs get priority.
When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other pertinent medical information.
A patient’s financial or celebrity status does not affect the decision; celebrities and the wealthy do not get priority treatment.
I'll be forced to have a closed casket.
An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the donor’s body is treated with care, respect and dignity.
Why can't they pay me for donating?
To keep things fair and equitable for everyone, Federal law prohibits buying and selling organs in the United States. Violators are punishable by prison sentences and fines.