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Facts and Misconceptions

Facts and Misconceptions

Misconception: If doctors know I'm a donor, they won't try to save me.

Fact: Doctors save lives.

It’s a fact that if a doctor were to do less, in any circumstance, he/she would likely lose his/her medical license.  When a person is taken to a hospital, doctors aren't concerned about registry status and have nothing to do with the donation process. In fact, hospital personnel don't have access to the donor registry - only organ procurement organizations do.

Misconception: I'm too old to donate.

Fact: You can donate at any age.

You're never too old to save a life through donation. A 92-year-old man donated his liver and saved the life of a 62-year-old. Also, you don't have to wait until you're 18 to register to give the gift of life. Ohioans can register as donors when they receive their Temporary Instruction Permit at age 15.5, though a guardian may revoke or amend a registration at the time of death.

Misconception: My religion doesn't allow donation.

Fact: Religions support donation.

Most religions, including: Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and the four major branches of Judaism, support organ, eye, and tissue donation as a selfless gift of charity. If you have any questions about your faith and how it relates to your status as a donor, consult a member of your clergy.

Misconception: Donation will cost my family money.

Fact: Giving the gift of life is free.

A donor's family will not be charged for any medical cost associated with donation. All costs are incurred by the organ/tissue recovery agency.

Misconception: I'm not healthy enough to be a donor.

Fact: Medical conditions shouldn't concern you.

Pre-existing medical conditions shouldn't keep you from registering as a donor. You might not be able to donate all eight organs, but any donation could help to save and enhance the lives of others. With medical technology constantly advancing, it's important to let a trained medical professional decide what organs and tissues can be transplanted.

Misconception: People make money by selling their organs.

Fact: It's illegal to buy or sell organs.

Organs are not sold between hospitals, medical professionals or independent salespeople. United States federal law prohibits the buying and selling of organs. Violators can face jail time and fines.