Every year the world observes the 13th of August as ‘World Organ Donation Day’. Ironically, every year around 500,000 people die due to unavailability of organs. An organ donor plays a major role in saving other’s life. One person can save at least 8 lives by donating his functioning organs. Due to lack of awareness, there are many myths and fears surrounding organ donation.
These are the myths surrounding organ donation:
- A person with a medical condition can’t be a donor.
- Old people cannot become donors.
- Some religions don’t support donating organs.
- Rich or famous people on the waiting list are given the first preference to get the organs.
- The family of the donor won’t be able to have an open casket funeral.
- The family of the donor will have to pay for the donation.
- If the donor is in a coma, his/her organs can be taken.
- People in the LGBT community can’t donate their organs.
These are the facts to bust these myths surrounding organ donation:
- Anyone regardless of medical history can sign up for donating organs. A transplant team will decide during the time of death whether the donation is possible.
- There is no age limit to donate organs. What matters most is the condition of your organs when you die.
- Majority of the religions like Christianity, Islam, Hindu, and others have no objection to organ donation. But if the doubt still lingers, then one can clear it up with his religious leader.
- The factors used in matching include blood type, time spent waiting, geographic location and other important medical information. Race, income and celebrity status are never considered.
- Open casket funeral is completely possible because the body is treated with utmost care during the entire donation process.
- No cost for the process is levied on the family of donors.
- Patients who have been declared brain dead, only their organs are taken for donation. Being brain dead and being in a coma is completely different. A person can come out of a coma but once a person is brain dead, it’s all over.
- There is no law or regulation that excludes members of the LGBT community from donating organs. As mentioned earlier the important aspect of donating organs is the health of the organs.
The objective of world organ donation day is simple, to spread awareness regarding the need of organ donation.
Which organs can be donated?
- Small Intestine
- Skin Tissues
- Bone Tissues
- Heart Valves
Organ donation is a noble cause and that’s what this day is all about. So this organ donation day I Online Doctor pledges to spread awareness about organ donation and also motivate people to become donors.
Written by: J. Dias