Myths About Organ Donation

Common Misconceptions about Organ Donation

While many people opt-in for becoming an organ donor, there are still plenty of misconceptions surrounding this selfless act. In light of National Donor Day, the health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to set the record straight on what it means to donate life to others.

Myth: Only dead people can donate organs.

Although many people think of deceased donors when thinking of organ donation, this can’t be further from the truth. There is actually a high demand for living donors for the following organs and tissues:

  • One kidney
  • One liver lobe
  • A lung or portion of a lung
  • Skin
  • Bone
  • Healthy cells from blood marrow
  • Healthy cells from an umbilical cord
  • Amnion
  • Blood and its various components

Myth: You can’t have an open casket if you donate your organs.

While many think of organ donation as a morbid and invasive practice, the donation process is one performed with care and respect. When removing organs for donation, the surgical care team will be sure to leave the deceased individual’s body as intact as possible and funeral arrangements will proceed as normal. Think of this

Myth: Doctors won’t save you if you’re an organ donor.

Unfortunately, this is one of the most common misconceptions about becoming an organ donor. However, you can rest assured knowing that your medical care team is dedicated to providing you with excellent care first and foremost.

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