FAQ's / What are the myths of organ donation?
Some organ transplantation are as follows

1: If I agree to donate my organs, the hospital staff would not work as hard to save my life
Fact: When you go to the hospital for treatment, doctors focus on saving your life.
The medical team treating you is separate from the transplant team. The team coordinating the donation is not notified until all lifesaving efforts have failed and death has been determined. The transplant team would not be notified until your family has consented for organ donation.

2: Maybe I would not really be dead when they sign my death certificate.
Fact: Although it is a popular topic in the tabloids, in reality, people do not start to wiggle their toes after they are declared dead. In fact, people who have agreed to organ donation are given more tests (at no charge to their families) to determine that they are truly dead than are those who haven't agreed to organ donation.

3: Organ donation is against my religion.
Fact: Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most religions. All organized religions support donation, typically considering it a generous act that is the individual's choice

4: I am under age 18. I am too young to make this decision.

Fact: That is true, in a legal sense. But your parents can authorize this decision. You can express to your parents your wish to donate, and your parents can give their consent knowing that it is what you wanted. Children, too, are in need of organ transplants, and they usually need organs smaller than those an adult can provide.

5: I am too old to donate. Nobody would want my organs.

Fact: There is no defined cutoff age for donating organs. Organs have been successfully transplanted from donors in their 70s and 80s. The decision to use your organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age. Please do not disqualify yourself prematurely. Let the doctors decide at your time of death whether your organs and tissues are suitable for transplantation

6: I am not in the best of health. Nobody would want my organs or tissues.

Fact: Very few medical conditions automatically disqualify you from donating organs. The decision to use an organ is based on strict medical criteria. It may turn out that certain organs are not suitable for transplantation, but other organs and tissues may be fine. Please do not disqualify yourself prematurely. Only medical professionals at the time of your death can determine whether your organs are suitable for transplantation.


7: Rich and famous people go to the top of the list when they need a donor organ.

Fact: The rich and famous are not given priority when it comes to allocating organs. It may seem that way because of the amount of publicity generated when celebrities receive a transplant, but they are treated no differently from anyone else. In fact, Jeevandan is the AP State government programme responsible for maintaining the organ transplant network, online organ transplant recipients waiting list and make sure the organ allocation was appropriate. The organ allocation and distribution system is blind to name, celebrity or social status, or wealth. When you are on the transplant waiting list for a donor organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other important medical information

8:My family will be charged if I donate my organs.

Fact: The organ donor's family is never charged for donating. The family is charged for the cost of all final efforts to save your life, and those costs are sometimes misinterpreted as costs related to organ donation. Once death occurs, any expenses related to organ or tissue donation are covered and there will be no charges to the donor's family.

9: If I donate, I would worry that the recipient and/or the recipient's family would discover my identity and cause more grief for my family.
Fact: Information about the donor is released by the team that coordinates the donation to the recipients only if the family that donated requests it be provided.

10. I heard that they take everything, even if I only want to donate my eyes.
Fact: You may specify which organs you want donated. Your wishes will be followed

11. Organ and tissue donation means my body will be mutilated and treated badly.
Fact: Donated organs are removed surgically, in a routine operation similar to gallbladder or appendix removal. Donation does not disfigure the body or change the way it looks in a casket. Normal funeral arrangements are possible

The conclusion is that unless we have an effective cadaver transplantation programme, we will stay rooted to where we are now. This can be overcome by the public awareness of brain death and cadaver transplantation through all available means. It is believed that stronger infrastructure with a counseling staff and adequate training is required to certify brain death that is indeed vital to increase the availability of organs for transplant. Centralised approaches to organ procurement tend to be most effective. Increases in cadaveric donor organ transplants may be achieved through a combination of improved organ procurement, education of transplant teams, better preservation techniques and the creation of a single waiting list.  Finally the organization of a quality control system to ensure the safety, quality and transparency of all the procedures performed. Jeevandan is Andhra Pradesh State Government Cadaver Transplantation Scheme developed to streamline various issues of declaration of brain death, infrastructure development, training of transplant coordinators and public awareness.