Facts And Myths Regarding Organ Donation

I’m an organ donor and I encourage everyone to sign up. My beloved sister in-law was killed by a drunk driver, and she helped over two hundred people by donating everything she could.

The Surgeon's Scrubroom

476333591Organ failure can be caused by a wide range of issues, including; physical trauma, medical conditions and drug abuse among other things. Unfortunately, there are very few people who are willing to get involved in organ donation. In the United States, it is estimated that five new names are added to the national transplant list every hour. While the demand for organ donation may be high, the supply is limited. Currently there are over 123,000 people who are waiting for an organ donation, of which 21 die every day for lack of an organ transplant. This translates to around 6,500 deaths every year due to shortage of organ donations. This can be blamed on misinformation and myths. The following are some of the most popular myths as well as the truth about organ donation and transplant.

Myth 1: Physical defects, age and illness can prevent me from donating an organ.

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