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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.

"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.
 
"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

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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Common Questions

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