Nearly 500,000 people in India die every year waiting for an organ. We can easily bring down this number and save several lives by choosing to donate an organ. But the plethora of myths and doubts surrounding Organ Donation make us turn a blind eye.
So, we have decided to debunk the 5 most common myths and bring the benefits of organ donation to forefront.
Myth # 1
If I’m a registered donor, a doctor might declare death before it’s appropriate.
Fact # 1
2 sets of confirmatory tests are performed independently by 4 different doctors to confirm official brain death. These tests are scheduled 6 hours apart in adults and 12 hours apart in children.
Myth # 2
Even after I am declared brain dead, I might still come back to life.
Fact # 2
Brain death is an irreversible condition that results from a severe brain injury or hemorrhage. It causes all the brain activity to stop and is the moral, legal and medical determination of death.
Myth # 3
I’m not yet 18-years-old. I’m too young to make this decision.
Fact # 3
Children too need organ transplantation, and there is high probability of a match if the donor is also a child. People under 18 years of age can express their wish for organ donation to their parents.
Myth # 4
Organ and tissue donation will disfigure my body.
Fact # 4
Donation, in no way, disfigures the body or changes the way it looks.
Myth # 5
My family will not be informed when my organs are transplanted.
Fact # 5
The consent of those closest to the donor is sought before organs are donated.
It is important to know that your family is never asked to pay for any of the processes involved in organ donation. One person can save up to 8 lives by donating heart, lungs, kidney, liver, eyes, pancreas, intestine and skin. So are you ready to take the pledge? #GiftAnOrgan to save lives.