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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.

"Organ, eye and tissue donation is against my religion."
The Facts:  

All major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation as the ultimate act of charity. If you have specific questions about your faith's views on donation, consult with your minister, pastor, rabbi or other religious leader.

I'm not in the best of health. Nobody would want my organs or tissues
"I'm not in the best of health. Nobody would want my organs or tissues."
The Facts:  

Very few medical conditions automatically disqualify you from donating organs. The decision to use an organ is based on strict medical criteria. It may turn out that certain organs are not suitable for transplantation, but other organs and tissues may be fine. Don't disqualify yourself prematurely. Only medical professionals at the time of your death can determine whether your organs are suitable for transplantation.

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Statistics

In 2014, there were 14,414 organ donors.

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