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MYTHS AND FACTS

Myth: Organs are sold on the black market.


Fact: Organ transplantation requires the expertise of highly trained medical professionals, involves a long process of matching donors with recipients, and is impossible without support and advanced



Myth: If I am a registered donor, a doctor might declare death before it's appropriate.


Fact : 2 sets of confirmatory tests are performed independently by 4 different doctors, 6 hours apart in adults and 12 hours apart in case of a child to confirm officialbrain death.


Myth: If I am declared brain dead, I might still have some chances of coming back to life.


Fact: Brain death is the medical, legal and moral determination of death. Brain death is an irreversible condition that results from a severe brain injury or haemorrhage which causes all the brain activity to stop.



Myth: If doctors know that I have given my consent for organ or tissue donation, they won't work as hard to save my life.


Fact: The first priority of a medical professional is to save lives when sick or injured people come to the hospital. Doctors and nurses involved in a person's care before death are typically not involved in the recovery or transplantation of donated organs or tissues.



Myth: Organ donation is against my religion.


Fact: Most religions support organ and tissue donation as an act of charity and goodwill. In case of doubt, please discuss with your religious head.

Myth: I'm under the age of 18. I'm too young to make this decision.


Fact: No one is too young to do a good deed. You can express your wish to be a donor to your parents. Children, too, are in need of transplants, and they usually need organs smaller than that of adults.

Myth: My family will not be informed when my organs are transplanted.


Fact: The consent of those closest to the potential donor is sought before organs are donated. And hence, it is very important to discuss your wish to become a donor with your loved ones. Many families have expressed that it feels good to know their loss has given life to someone.


Myth: Organ and tissue donation will disfigure my body.


Fact: Donation, in no way, disfigures the body or change the way it looks. That means, the body can be viewed in anopen casket.