Deciding to become an organ donor is easy. You usually make that personal decision when you update your driver license. But for some, the thought of being listed as an organ donor is not an option.
There are several reasons why people do not sign up to become organ or tissue donors. The following are several misconceptions that lead people not to sign up to become organ donors.
Myth No. 1 – Doctors won’t try to save my life if they see that I am an organ donor.
Fact: Organ donations are only considered after all lifesaving options have failed, according to OrganDonor.gov .
Myth No. 2 – Celebrities and wealthy people move up the organ waiting list faster.
Fact: Hospitals use a national computer system that matches donated organs to recipients. The system matches blood type, how long the patient has been on the waiting list, and where they’re located.
Myth No. 3 – My organs will be sold on the black market
Fact: Federal laws are in place that prohibits the buying and selling of organs in the United States.
Myth No. 4 – My organs will be taken if I’m in a coma
Fact: Organs are only taken from donors who have been declared brain dead, which is not the same as a person who is in a coma.
Myth No. 5 – People in the LGBT community are not allowed to be organ donors
Fact: There is no federal regulation that prohibits people from the LGBT community from donating.
For more information on organ & tissue donation and/or to register online, visit www.DonateLifeFlorida.org [donatelifeflorida.org].
Additional reporting by Charlie Edwards