There are many facts and myths about being an organ donor. Please read below to see the most common facts and myths about being an organ donor.
First, the facts of being an Organ Donor …
- More than 118,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant
(the population of eight Texas Hill Country Counties is 105,000).
- Every day, an average of 20 people die while waiting for an organ donation. More than 7,000 candidates died in 2016 while on the wait list, or within 30 days of leaving the list for personal or medical reasons, without receiving an organ transplant.
- One donation can save 8 lives and help 50 other people with tissue needs.
- Anyone can register, but not all can donate (annually 2M deaths, 15,000 eligible donors).
- If a person is signed up on the registry, their decision to donate cannot be overturned if donor is over 18 in Texas.
- There is only one waiting list nationwide.
- Many faiths endorse organ donation.
- Another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
- Matches are made by a computer to insure best chance of compatibility.
- An average of 92 transplants take place every day in the United States.
- 2016 was a record breaking year for the number of transplants performed and the number of deceased donor transplants, with the largest increase in a single year.
- “Donate Life Texas” teams are dedicated to supporting all families.
Now, The Myths of being an organ donor …
- If the heart is on my license, or the emergency room doctors know that I am a donor they are not going to try and save my life.
- The rich and famous get first priority.
- Organ donors cannot have open casket funerals.
- Older people cannot be organ donors.
- Immigration status prevents a person from registering.
- A donor card means a person is on the Donor Registration list.
- Once a person is on the registry, there is no way to be removed.
- A person who registers must donate all organs.
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