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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.

Rich and famous people go to the top of the list when they need a donor organ
"Rich and famous people go to the top of the list when they need a donor organ."
The Facts:  

The rich and famous aren't given priority when it comes to allocating organs. It may seem that way because of the amount of publicity generated when celebrities receive a transplant, but they are treated no differently from anyone else. When patients are on the waiting list for an organ transplant, their position on that list is based on the severity of their illness, time spent waiting, blood type and other important medical information. Social and financial status are never a factor in this process.

"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 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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