Organ donation:Don't let these myths deter you

Organ donation is the highest and noblest act that a person can do. Today being the organ donation day, we wish to help you dispel some of the most common myths about organ donation.

Himanshu Sharma
Written by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Aug 07, 2015

Organ and tissue donation disfigures the body

Organ and tissue donation disfigures the body
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Organs are removed in the same fashion as in any regular surgery. The procedure of removing organs is done with utmost dignity and respect, and the surgery marks are covered.

You can’t donate organ when ailing with a medical condition

You can’t donate organ when ailing with a medical condition
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There are only a few medical conditions that can keep you from organ donation. You need to only meet the medical criteria. If you are ailing with a medical condition, don't disqualify yourself without discussing the prospects with a doctor. Sometimes, while certain organs may not be suitable for transplantation, others may still be liable for donation.

You can’t donate kidney, unless a family member is in need

You can’t donate kidney, unless a family member is in need
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Earlier, kidney donation wasn’t allowed outside of the family. But now, you can help a distant family member, friend or even a complete stranger. However, to be a living donor, you will have to undergo extensive questioning and sometimes, testing before you can go ahead.

You can’t donate organs in old age

You can’t donate organs in old age
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Age is only a number. You are never neither too old for donating organs nor is there any cut-off age criterion in the law. If you meet the medical criteria for organ donation, you can very well donate.

You can’t donate organ if you are less than 18 years old

You can’t donate organ if you are less than 18 years old
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In most countries, the legal age for organ donation is above 18 years. However, your parents can authorize if you wish to donate an organ. The needy can be children who require organs that are smaller than those of adult donors.

You or your family will be charged for donating organs

You or your family will be charged for donating organs
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Organ donation is a noble act. You or your family will never be charged for organ donation. The cost for organ removal is borne by the transplant recipient.

Recipient will know donor’s identity

Recipient will know donor’s identity
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Patient privacy is maintained for both donor families and recipients. Any information about the donor is released to the recipient only with the consent of a donor.

If you don’t register, your organs and tissues won’t be donated

If you don’t register, your organs and tissues won’t be donated
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Without a donor nomination, you can’t donate. Next of kin is a legally authorized representative to take the decision if you express a desire for organ donation. (Images:Getty)

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