Understanding Donation

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Myths And Facts

You can donate at any age

You're never too old to save a life through donation. A 92-year-old woman donated her liver and saved the life of a 62-year-old. Also, you do not have to wait until you're 18 to register to give the gift of life. Ohioans can register as a donor when they receive their Temporary Instruction Permit at age 15½, though a guardian may revoke or amend a registration at the time of death.

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Religions support donation

Most religions, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and the four major branches of Judaism support organ donation as a selfless gift of charity. If you have any question about your faith and how it relates to your status as a donor, consult a member of your clergy.

Doctors Save lives

It's a myth that doctors will not work as hard to save your life if they know you are a registered donor. If a doctor were to do less, in any circumstance, he or she would likely lose their medical license. The truth is, when a person is taken to a hospital, doctors will do everything in their power to help the patient, and those doctors are not concerned about registry status and have nothing to do with the donation process.

Giving the gift of life is free

A donor's family will not be charged for any medical costs associated with donation. All costs are incurred by the organ/tissue recovery agency.

Medical conditions should not concern you

Pre-existing medical conditions should not keep you from registering as a donor. You might not be able to donate all eight organs, but any donation could help to save and enhance the lives of others. With medical technology constantly advancing, it's important to let the doctors decide what organs and tissues can be used.

There is no discrimination

Organs are matched through the United Network of Organ Sharing based on body size, blood type, medical urgency and geographic location as it relates to travel time. When it comes to saving lives, the allocation process does not discriminate on account of race, gender, age, income or any other factor.

It is illegal to profit from the sale of organs

Organs are not sold between hospitals, medical professionals, or independent salespeople. United States federal law prohibits the buying and selling of organs. Violators can face jail time and fines.