Organ donation myth smackdown!

*Illustration from US Department of Health and Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplant Network. 

22 people die every day because they need an organ that they can’t get.

3 organ donation myths debunked:

  1. Myth: I’ll be alive when my organs are harvested.

Truth:  Nope. Patients are quite dead.
Physicians perform several tests to determine if the patient is truly brain dead. Brain dead means that the person’s brain has no activity, can no longer can sustain critical life-functions, like breathing or making the heart pump. The patient is not responsive and feels no pain. Brain death is death and is permanent.

  1. Myth: I can’t donate organs because I have a chronic disease.

Truth:  Don’t disqualify yourself. Only the physicians present at your time of death can make the determination whether your organs are appropriate for transplant.  Some conditions such as HIV, active cancer or systemic infections can prevent the transplant of some organs, but other organs can still be donated.

  1. Myth: I am going to be a donor. I signed up when I renewed my driver’s license.

Truth: Congratulations!  You have taken an important step toward being a donor.  Please tell your friends and family about your decision, too. Families want to support their loved one’s wishes after death.

Can you help?   Sign-up to be an organ donor at








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