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The Facts About Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Although there have been great advances in medical technology and donation, the need for organ, eye and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. Get the facts and help us dispel myths about donation.

An open-casket funeral isn't an option for people who have donated organs or tissues
"An open-casket funeral isn't an option for people who have donated organs or tissues."
The Facts:  

Organ and tissue donation doesn't interfere with having an open-casket funeral. The donor's body is clothed for burial, so there are no visible signs of organ or tissue donation. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, dignity and respect.

"Hospitals or first responders won't save me if I'm a registered donor."
The Facts:  
If you are sick or injured, the primary duty of emergency responders and hospital staff is to save your life. Your donor designation NEVER interferes with your medical care.  Only Donate Life Maryland professionals have access to the official Maryland Donor Registry.
 
I'm too old to donate. Nobody would want my organs
"I'm too old to donate. Nobody would want my organs."
The Facts:  

Anyone can be an organ donor regardless of age, race or medical history. There's no defined cutoff age for donating organs. The decision to use your organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age. Don't disqualify yourself prematurely. At your time of death, medical professionals can decide whether your organs and tissues are suitable for transplantation.

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Statistics

23,715 transplants were from deceased donors in 2014.  Similarly, it was the first time more than 23,000 deceased-donor transplants were done in a year.

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