The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has compiled the following list of prevalent organ donation myths.
Myth: Wealthy people and celebrities are moved to the top of the list faster than “regular” people.
Fact: The organ allocation and distribution system is blind to wealth or social status. The length of time it takes to receive a transplant is governed by many factors, including blood type, length of time on the waiting list, severity of illness and other medical criteria. Factors such as race, gender, age, income or celebrity status are never considered when determining who receives an organ.
Myth: Donation will mutilate my body.
Fact: Donated organs are removed surgically, in a routine operation similar to a gallbladder or appendix being removed. Donation doesn’t disfigure the body or change the way it looks in a casket.
Myth: My family will be charged for donating my organs.
Fact: Donation costs nothing to the donor’s family or estate.
Myth: My religion does not support donation.
Fact: All mainstream organized religions approve of organ and tissue donation and consider it an act of charity.
More myths/facts at: www.txorgansharing.org/donationInfo/myths.php