Archives: FAQs

MYTH: My loved one will suffer even more than they did during their illness or cause of death.

FACT: Your loved one is dead at the time of donation and cannot feel pain. Even after death, your loved one's body is treated with the same degree of respect as is given a living…

MYTH: If I become an organ donor, my organs will be used for medical research.

FACT: Separate and specific permission is required for donated organs and tissues to be used for research. Donated tissues and organs will be not be used for medical research unless explicit written permission is granted.

MYTH: The body will be disfigured and mutilated.

FACT: Organs and tissues are removed by highly trained surgeons, in an operating theatre, like any other surgical procedure. The person is treated with the utmost respect and dignity. At the end of the operation…

MYTH: My loved one can’t have an open casket funeral if their organs or tissues have been donated.

FACT: Organ and tissue donation doesn't interfere with having an open casket funeral. If organs are taken, the body is sutured as if the person were alive and had undergone surgery. The body is clothed…

MYTH: If I am a registered donor, doctors or the emergency room staff won’t try as hard to save my life. They’ll remove my organs as soon as possible to save somebody else.

FACT: The doctor’s first priority and focus is to save your life. You'll be seen by a doctor whose specialty most closely matches your particular emergency. Organ and tissue donation is only considered when the…