Organ Donation Myths

Myth: If I indicate on my driver's license that I would like to be an organ donor, I will automatically be considered an organ donor after I am deceased.
Truth: Your next of kin is the deciding factor on whether or not you will be a donor, no matter what your driver's license or organ donor card says. It is very important to talk to your family about organ donation so that they are aware of your wishes.

Myth: If I decide to become an organ donor, the doctors will not try as hard to save my life if I am admitted to the hospital.
Truth: If you are admitted to the hospital, the doctors' number one priority is to save your life. Organ donation is only ever considered after a patient is considered brain dead and it is impossible for them to recover from their injuries.

Myth: My religion does not support organ donation.
Truth: Organ, tissue, and eye donation is supported by all major U.S. religions.

Myth: I am too old or have too many medical problems to be able to donate.
Truth: Anyone can potentially donate his or her organs, regardless of age, gender, race, or medical history.

Myth: If I decide to become an organ donor, I will not be able to have an open casket funeral.
Truth: The donation process is careful to treat the body with care and respect and allows an open casket funeral to be possible.

Myth: Organ transplants are more readily available to the rich and famous.
Truth: The severity of your illness, the amount of time you have been on the waiting list, your blood type, and other medical information are the most important things considered when you are waiting for an organ. Financial and celebrity status is not a factor.

Myth: My family or I will not be able to afford to donate my organs.
Truth: Organ and tissue donation has no financial cost for the donor or their family.