Myth: I am too old to donate. Nobody would want my organs and tissue.
Reality: No. You are never too old to give the gift of life.  The decision to
use your organs and tissue is based on strict medical criteria, not age.  Even
people in their 70, 80 and 90's have organs that can help save a life.

Myth: Organ and tissue donation is against my religion.
Reality: No.  All major religions support organ and tissue donation as the
ultimate act of charity. If you have questions about your faith's views on
donation, consult with your minister, pastor, rabbi or other religious leader.
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information on a specific religion.)

Myth: Rich, famous and powerful people always seem to move to the front
of the line when they need a donor organ.  There's no way to ensure that my
organs will go to those who've waited the longest or are the neediest.

Reality: No.  It may seem like they do because their stories are frequently
in the news.  The matching of organs and recipients is coordinated through
the United Network of Organ Sharing and is based strictly on medical criteria
to ensure the organ will go to the person who needs it the most.  Celebrity
status or wealth is never a factor.

Myth: My family will be charged for donating a loved one's organs and tissue.
Reality: There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.

Myth: I have a history of medical illness.  You would not want my organs or tissues.

Reality: No, this is not true.  At the time of your death, your medical history will be
reviewed to see if you are a suitable donor.  Even people with diabetes and heart
disease are able to be a possible organ and tissue donor.

Myth: If I agree to donate my organs and tissue, my doctor or the emergency room
staff won't work as hard to save my life.

Reality: No.  Only after all efforts have been exhausted in saving your life and death
has been declared by the attending physician will organ and/or tissue recovery take
place.  The doctors working to save your life in an emergency room or a hospital's
intensive care unit are separate from the medical team that would be involved in the
transplant process.

Myth: I want my loved one to have an open-casket funeral.  That can't happen if his or
her organs or tissues have been donated.

Reality: An open casket viewing/funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.  Through
the entire process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.

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