Organ Donation Myths and Facts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Despite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about organ donation persist. Its a tragedy if even one person decides against donation because they dont know the truth. Dr. Edward Hill discusses several of the myths surrounding organ donation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

It can be hard to think about whats going to happen to your body after you die, let alone donating your organs and tissue. But being an organ donor is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaver.

Here are answers to some common organ donation myths and concerns.

Myth: If I agree to donate my organs, the hospital staff wont work as hard to save my life. Fact: When you go to the hospital for treatment, doctors focus on saving your life not somebody elses.

Myth: Organ donation is against my religion. Fact: Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most major religions.

Myth: Im under age 18. Im too young to make this decision. Fact: Your parents can authorize this decision.

Myth: Im not in the best of health. Nobody would want my organs or tissues. Fact: Very few medical conditions automatically disqualify you from donating organs.

By donating your organs after you die, you can save or improve as many as 50 lives.

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