Hesitating to get on organ donor list? Here’s why you shouldn’t wait

1 person can donate up to 8 lifesaving organs

Doctors conducting kidney transplant. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Doctors conducting kidney transplant. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

If someone has ever asked you if you wanted to be an organ donor, was one of the first thoughts you had a vision of yourself in some sort of situation in which the doctors were ready to call time-of-death without following through on every lifesaving effort so that they could provide your viable organs to someone in need?

That’s got to be one of the most common thoughts, right?

Lucky for you, it does not work that way.

In fact, whether you're even an organ donor does not enter into the conversation until all lifesaving measures have been attempted, according to the American Transplant Foundation.

The first priority of a medical professional is to save the lives of those who arrive at the hospital. And those doctors and nurses who were part of care before death are not typically involved in the recovery or transplantation of donated organs.

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Some people may be concerned they'll even still be alive after their death certificate is signed. But to further put your mind at ease, Mayo Clinic says people who have agreed to organ donation will get even more tests to ensure they really are dead.

So why are we even addressing this? Because in the event you are hesitant or scared to put yourself on the organ donor list, we think it’s important information to know. There are a few other important things worth mentioning, too — and they may help you make up your mind that signing up as a donor is absolutely necessary.


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