At any given moment, over 100,000 people in the U.S. are on a waiting list for organ transplants. Most of these people will never get a call saying a suitable donor organ has been found and will lose out on a second shot at life. You can make a truly generous and worthwhile contribution and potentially save several lives by agreeing to donate your organs after your death.
Deciding what will become of your body after you die is a difficult topic to think about, and many people have doubts and worries about what signing up to be an organ donor may mean for them. However, most of these worries are unfounded. You will not receive lower standards of medical care when you agree to donate your organs after your death. Doctors and other medical staff will work just as hard to save your life in case of an emergency regardless of whether you are an organ donor.
Age and poor health are not necessarily disqualifying factors for organ donations and you should not let either dissuade you from becoming a donor if you wish to be one. Some of your organs and tissues may still be viable after your death. Finally, your family will not be charged anything when you donate your organs.
Do not let myths confuse you or stand in the way of making this valuable contribution. Donating organs saves lives and makes a significant difference.