What if they kill me and take my organs?

Aside from February 14th being the cliché day for lovers and lovers of chocolate, it is also National Organ Donor Day. I wanted to write a blog of some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to registering as an organ donor.

There are several explanations as to why some people are against being organ donors, including lack of knowledge, fear, or simply it just never crosses their mind. But if someone approaches you to ask you if you were willing to save someone’s life and leave a lasting legacy of yourself, would you feel differently about donating?

By choosing organ donation you have the chance of saving eight lives and also having an effect on several others included their families. If you chose, you can donate your lungs, liver, pancreas, heart, intestines or kidneys; along with tissues such as your corneas, ligaments, veins, heart valves, bones and plenty more. It is also a possibility for a living donation and donates a kidney, part of a lung, pancreas, liver or intestine.

As mentioned in the beginning, the first most common fear or myth associated with donating is that not all effort will be made to save your life if you’re a registered donor. I cannot emphasize this enough, this is not true. Organ donation cannot be considered until you’re pronounced dead. Extensive testing can determine brain death, which is made by a physician who’s not affiliated with donations. Secondly, some feel you cannot have an open casket funeral, which is also not true. There are absolutely no indications showing organ or tissue donation when one’s prepped for burial. An open casket, cremation, and burial are all still possible. Lastly, some worry they do not qualify because of health reasons, age, or even race. However, there is no medical, age, or race restrictions associated with organ donation.

After reading my blog, I hope I have at least put a thought in your mind about possibly considering organ donation if you are not already. So how do you become an organ donor? Anyone is suitable to join the registry, despite any health habits or medical history. If you want to register there are two ways, at your local NC DMV, or online with Donate Life NC. Once registered, you will receive a red heart on your license. This is legally binding consent saying you are an organ and eye donor, and all your organs are available for transplant at your time of death. However, if at any point after this you change your mind, you can go to your Donor Profile page you can remove yourself from the donor registry and this, in fact, surpasses your DMV donor record removing you from the registry for organ donation.

Give your heart in more than one way.

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-Ashley Sinclair