Myth: Only the heart, liver and kidneys can be transplanted.
Fact: The lungs, pancreas and intestines can also be transplanted, as can tissues such as eyes, skin, bone, heart valves and tendons.
Fact: The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list is blind to income, celebrity, and social standing. What determines your place on the list is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type and other important medical information.
Fact: If you’re ever in the hospital with a life-threatening condition, your medical team’s mission is to save your life, not another person’s. You’ll be treated by a physician who specializes in your area of need and has nothing to do with transplantation.
Fact: Donated organs are carefully removed in a surgical procedure that will not disfigure the body or prevent an open-casket funeral.
Fact: Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most major religions, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and most branches of Judaism. If you’re uncertain, talk to your spiritual advisor; organdonor.gov also provides a detailed list of religious views on donation.