Organ Donation 2

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Unsure about donating organs for transplant? Dont let misinformation about organ donation keep you from saving lives. Dr. Edward Hill looks at the life-saving gift of blood donation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Being an organ donor is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaver. If youve never considered organ donation or delayed becoming a donor because of possibly inaccurate information, here are answers to some common organ donation myths and concerns.

Myth: There are certain things that can keep me from being an organ donor such as age, illness or physical defects. Fact: Each persons medical condition is evaluated at the time of their death to determine what organs and tissues are viable for donation.

Myth: If doctors know that I am registered to be an organ or tissue donor, they wont work as hard to save my life. Fact: The first priority of a medical professional is to save lives when sick or injured people come to the hospital.

Myth: If you are rich or a celebrity, you can move up the waiting list more quickly. Fact: Severity of illness, time spent waiting, blood type and match potential are the factors that determine your place on the waiting list.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.