Pennsylvania – Have you chosen to be an organ donor? April is Donate Life Month!
Ron Flick from the Center for Organ Recovery and Education reminds Pennsylvania residents that it’s easy to register as a donor, and it could change lives.
Keep reading for some of the most common misconceptions, plus stories about how your choice to donate the gift of life could make the world of difference to someone.
Listen to Ron Flick’s full interview about being a living donor and how donations can make a difference.
One of the most common misconceptions is that doctors will not try as hard to save you in the event of a life-threatening illness if they see that you are an organ donor. That is entirely false. Doctors do not look to see if you are an organ donor. If you are, the process of donating any organs will happen after all life-saving measures have been taken. Even then, many times your family members can refuse to donate organs, even if you have previously signed up as a donor.
All kinds of organs and tissues can be donated after death, including ones that you might not think of… kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, pancreas, intestines, skin, corneas, blood, and bone marrow.
Even if you have medical conditions that make some of your organs not able to be donated, you can likely donate other organs that are not affected after death.