The scariest thing this Halloween season isn’t ghosts, goblins, gore, or – contrary to what you might see on some medical drama TV shows – organ, eye and tissue donation.
What is scary is that there are more than 119,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Even more frightening, 22 of those people will die today because the organ they needed did not come in time.
A daunting trend: The numbers continue to grow in the wrong direction. While the waiting list skyrockets, the number of people who give the gift of life remains about the same. Sometimes people let spooky myths about organ, eye and tissue donation prevent them from registering, and Life Connection of Ohio is committed to replacing those misconceptions with truths.
Spooky myth: My medical treatment will suffer if I am a registered organ and tissue donor.
Reality: It would be frightening if the doctors and nurses working hard to save lives at hospitals were the same people who coordinate donation. That’s why those teams are kept separate, and donation only enters the equation after death.
Spooky myth: My religion does not believe in organ donation.
Reality: It is interesting to think a religion could sway someone against doing something that could help so many people. All major religions in the United States either support donation or leave the decision up to the individual. Many view organ donation as a selfless act of charity.
Spooky myth: Famous people get transplants first.
Reality: The system would be really scary if this were true. Thankfully, organs are allocated fairly – transplanting the sickest people, regardless of celebrity status or wealth, is the priority.
Spooky myth: I’m too old or too sick to donate.
Reality: We’re seeing a startling trend of people ruling themselves out for organ donation. Regardless of age or health conditions, we encourage people to register as donors and let the medical professionals determine whether giving the gift of life is possible after death.
The truth is that one person has the power to save eight lives through organ donation and heal 50 more through tissue donation. What’s so spooky about that?