There are lots of misconceptions around organ donation that prevent people from registering.
Chances are, you’re a viable donor. Smokers and people who drink alcohol, for instance, often rule themselves out, but they shouldn’t. Similarly, some believe that organ donation might contravene their religion, but many faiths – including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism – allow for organ and tissue donation.
The truth is, although age and medical history are taken into account (things like HIV might rule you out), most people are eligible organ donors.
Then there are the apprehensions around donation. A lot of which are rooted in myths.
One fear, for instance, is that the donation will leave your body disfigured. But doctors work hard to close any incisions and maintain the integrity of the body. Another concern is that doctors won’t work as hard to save a life if it’s a registered donor. This simply isn’t the case, though. According to the Australian Government Organ and Tissue Authority: “Saving your life is the absolute priority of medical staff. Organ and tissue donation is only considered when the person has died or death in inevitable.”