(CBS Charlotte) — There are currently around 120,000 people in the United States who are waiting to receive a donation that would not only change their lives, but it would also save their lives.
Sadly, a large percentage of people never receive the donation that they need — an organ donation.
Donating your organs is a tough choice to make. Undoubtedly, thinking about death can be terrifying, let alone thinking about how your death will affect your loved ones, etc. But, there’s a certain level of peace involved in knowing that your death can give renewed life to someone else.
For the record, I am an organ donor. While I don’t plan on dying anytime soon, it is comforting to know that if I were to pass away suddenly, there would be some good that came from my death.
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In fact, by donating your organs, you have the ability to save up to 50 lives. Yes, 50! In addition to the profound effect donating your organs has on people who receive your organs, your death may also be easier on your loved ones — as they will take comfort in knowing that your organs are keeping other people alive.
Today, around half of adults in America are organ donors. While donating your organs is not for everyone, there are some myths associated with organ donations that prevent some people from checking the organ donor box.
Myth: If an organ donor becomes ill or is in an accident, doctors may not work as hard to save them because if they die, a lot of people will be saved.
Reality: Any doctor who is responsible for treating you will provide you with the best care possible. Their main goal is to save you and lead you back to health.
Myth: Elderly people are too old to donate their organs.
Reality: There’s no right or wrong age to donate organs. Organs are evaluated for their functionality. For example, an 80-year-old woman could have a heart that is comparable to a 50-year-old woman’s heart, and vice versa.
Myth: People who donate their organs have to have closed-casket funerals.
Reality: You can have an open-casket at your funeral after your organs have been donated.
Myth: It costs my family money for me to donate my organs.
Reality: The organ recipient incurs the cost of your organ donation.
Whether the information provided above changes your perception about organ donations or not, it’s always wise to keep an open mind about donating your organs.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte