There are many facts and myths about being an organ donor. Please read below to see the most common facts and myths about being an organ donor in New Mexico.
First, the facts of being an Organ Donor in New Mexico …
- More than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant.
- Every day, an average of 18 people die while waiting for an organ donation.
- One donation can save 8 lives and help 50 other people with tissue needs.
- Anyone can register, but not all can donate (annually 2M deaths, 15,000 eligible donors).
- If a person is signed up on the registry, their decision to donate cannot be overturned if donor is over 18 in New Mexico.
- There is only one waiting list nationwide.
- Many faiths endorse organ donation.
- Matches are made by a computer to insure best chance of compatibility.
Now, The Myths of being an organ donor …
- If the heart is on my license, or the emergency room doctors know that I am a donor they are not going to try and save my life.
- The rich and famous get first priority.
- Organ donors cannot have open casket funerals.
- Older people cannot be organ donors.
- Immigration status prevents a person from registering.
- A donor card means a person is on the Donor Registration list.
- Once a person is on the registry, there is no way to be removed.
- A person who registers must donate all organs.
Still have questions? Please contact us and we’ll help!
Judy Mancillas, Director
The Ultimate Gift of Life Foundation, New Mexico
PO Box 1421
Cloudcroft, NM 88317