In the United States alone there are more than 100,000 people desperately waiting for an organ transplant at any given time. The organs in your body could, right at this very minute, help to save a life. That’s why organ donation is so incredibly important.
Unfortunately, there are many myths about the organ donation process. The result is that many people go to their graves without registering as organ donors, which means they leave this world without taking the opportunity to save lives. Another result of this problem: each and every day, roughly 20 Americans die because they failed to get an organ donation. So, what are the big myths about the organ donation process?
1. No One Wants the Organs of an Older Adult
There’s no denying that, generally speaking, younger people are healthier than older adults. But that’s hardly a rule, which is why there’s no official age deadline for organ donation.
In reality, many older people have fully functional organs capable of saving someone’s life. When judging if an organ is suitable for a transplant, medical professionals will look beyond the donor’s age to the status of the organ or organs in question. In any case, it’s wise to let the experts decide if they can use your organs once you no longer need them.