5 MYTHS ABOUT ORGAN DONATION
Alot of people in India are waiting for an organ donation, and many may never receive the call for their second chance at life.
India's organ donation rate is one of the lowest in the world. About 0.6 per million people in India after death donate their organs, while in the U.S. 31.96 and in Spain 46.9 per million people donate their organs. In 2017, a mere of 0.009 % of all those who died in India donated their organs .
Although it can be difficult to think about what’s going to happen to your body after you die – let alone donating your organs and tissues – having such a plan could allow you to impact hundreds of lives.
A lot of misconceptions about the organ donation process exist out there. We’ve decided to sort out the facts from fiction, so you can make the most informed decision.
Myth: If I agree to donate my organs, the hospital staff won't work as hard to save my life.
Fact: When you go to the hospital for treatment, doctors focus on saving your life — not somebody else's. You'll be seen by a doctor whose expertise most closely matches your particular condition and who can give you the best care possible.
Myth: An open-casket funeral isn't an option for people who have donated organs or tissues.
Fact: Organ and tissue donation doesn't interfere with having an open-casket funeral. The donor's body is clothed for burial and treated with care and respect, so there are no visible signs of organ or tissue donation.
Myth: Rich and famous people go to the top of the list when they need a donor organ.
Fact: The rich and famous aren't given priority when it comes to allocating organs. It may seem that way because of the amount of publicity generated when a celebrity receives a transplant, but they are treated no differently from anyone else. The reality is that celebrity and financial status are not considered in organ allocation.
Myth: Organ donation is not necessary in India
Fact: Unofficial statistics indicate that there are nearly 300 deaths every day due to organ failure. That is more than one lakh deaths per year. As per records, out of the 9.5 million deaths in India annually, at least 1 lakh are believed to be potential donors; however less than 200 actually become donors. As these figures suggest, India needs organ donors.
Myth: My family will be charged for donating my organs.
Fact: Costs associated with recovering and processing organs and tissues for transplant are never passed on to the donor family. The family may be expected to pay for medical expenses incurred before death is declared and for expenses involving funeral arrangements.
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