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Organ Donation It's all about LIFE


									Organ Donation:

It’s all about LIFE.
  Approximately 102
people are added to the
   National Organ
Donation list each day.
Donation Statistics
   More than 73,000 men, women, and
    children currently await life-saving
   Every 14 minutes another name is added to
    the national transplant waiting list.
   An average of 16 people die each day from
    the lack of available organs for transplant.
 Your Wishes Count
At this time, there is no national registry of
organ and tissue donors. Even if you have
documented your wishes, be sure you have
told your family you want to donate LIFE.
Organs That Can Be Donated
    Heart
    Kidneys
    Pancreas
    Lungs
    Liver
    Intestines
    Bone Marrow
Tissues That Can Be Donated
   Eyes
   Skin
   Bone
   Heart Valves
   Tendons
Myths Regarding Organ Donation
   Myth: People are abducted and their organs are
    removed and sold.
   Fact: There is no black market for organs in the
    United States. It is illegal to buy and sell organs
    in the United States. The National Organ
    Transplant Act (Public Law 98-507) prohibits the
    sale of human organs.
   Due to the complex system of transplantation,
    piracy is practically impossible. The process of
    matching donors with recipients and the need for
    highly skilled medical professionals to perform
    the surgery make it impossible complete in secret.
Myth: You can sell your organs.
Fact: It is illegal to sell your organs in the United States. This
offense is punishable by a fine and imprisonment. The National
Organ Transplant Act (Public Law 98-507) prohibits the buying
and selling of organs.

Myth: There are age limits on donation.
Fact: There is no age limit on who can donate.

Myth: Donation will mutilate my body.
Fact: Donated organs are removed surgically in a routine
operation similar to gallbladder or appendix removal. Donation
doesn’t disfigure the body or change the way it looks in a casket.
Myth: My family will be charged for donating my organs.
Fact: Donations costs nothing to the donor’s family or estate.

Myth: If I am in an accident and the hospital knows that I want to
be a donor, the doctors will not try to save my life.
Fact: Organ and tissue recovery takes place only after all efforts
to save your life have been exhausted and death has been legally
declared. The medical team treating you is completely separate
From the transplant team. The organ procurement organization
(OPO) is not notified until all lifesaving efforts have failed and
death has been determined. The OPO does not notify the transplant
team until your family has consented to donation.
Myth: My religion does not support donation.
Fact: Most major religions in the U.S. approve of organ and
tissue donation and consider it an act of charity.

Myth: I have a history of medical illness. You would not want
my organs or tissues.
Fact: At the time of death, the appropriate medical professionals
will review your medical and social histories to determine whether
or not you can be a donor. With recent advances in transplantation,
many more people than ever before can be donors. It’s best to sign
a donor card and tell your family your wishes.
Every day more that 12 people who are on the UNOS National
Transplant Waiting List die for lack of an organ.

Most people who receive “The Gift of Life” are living
productive lives more than 5 years after their transplant

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