Myths

Setting the Record Straight

  • Your medical care will not be affected by your decision to donate. When you go to the hospital for treatment, doctors focus on saving your life, not somebody else’s.
  • The organ donation process does not begin until death has been declared by a physician and confirmatory tests have been performed by the OPO. Brain death is the irreversible loss of function of the brain, including the brainstem. People DO NOT recover from death.
  • Most major religions support or permit donations, and most consider it the ultimate act of kindness and compassion.
  • Donation costs you and your family nothing.
  • People of all ages and medical histories can be potential donors. Medical professionals will decide at the time of death whether or not one’s organs and tissues are suitable for transplantation. Don’t rule yourself out.
  • The organ allocation system is fair and equitable. Organs are placed based on blood and tissue match-ups, geographic proximity, medical urgency and time on the waiting list. It is a fair and equitable system. The only thing lacking is donors. That’s why it’s so important to sign up to give life on the Donate Life America Official Registry.
  • In California and Nevada, when you sign up to be a donor with the Donate Life Registry (through the DMV or online), you assure your wish to save lives will be honored. When someone adds their name to the state’s donor registry, they create a legally binding document, an advance Donation Directive. This relieves the family of the burden of making the donation decision.
  • Add your name online to the Donate Life America Official Registry or through the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure your wish to save lives will be carried out.

Your decision to say YES! transforms lives.