KNOW THE FACTS
About Organ Donation
African Americans make up 13% of the population, yet they make up 34% of those waiting for a kidney and 25% waiting for a heart
20% of all transplants in 2014 were African American patients
22 people die each day waiting on a lifesaving transplant
73% African American transplant recipients received a kidney in 2014
8,000 people die each year waiting
16% of all deceased donors were African American
KNOW THE TRUTH
About Organ Donation
There’s no difference between brain death and being in a coma.
Brain death is the medical and legal determination of death. Unlike a coma, there is no recovery from brain death. Brain death is final.
Rich and famous people get organs first.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) matches organs according to height, weight and blood type, followed by medical urgency and time on the waiting list.*
*The factors used in matching include blood type, time spent waiting, other important medical information, how sick the person is, and geographic location. Race, income, and celebrity are NEVER considered.
If they see I’m a donor at the hospital, they won’t try to save my life.
When you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the one and only priority is to save your life. Period. Donation doesn’t become a possibility until all lifesaving methods have failed.
I have a medical condition, so I can’t be a donor.
Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor.*
*The transplant team will determine at an individual’s time of death whether donation is possible. You should still consider registering. Even HIV patients can get transplants through HIV to HIV donation.
Organs go to people who didn’t take care of theirs.
Most people are on the waiting list because they were born with, or developed, diseases that have caused organ failure.
Somebody could take my organs and sell them.
Federal law prohibits buying and selling organs in the U.S. Violators can be punished with prison sentences and fines.
If I’m in a coma, they could take my organs.
The majority of deceased organ donors are patients who have been declared brain dead or may have been declared dead by cardiac death*
*But brain death is NOT the same as coma. People can recover from comas, but not from brain death. Brain death is final.
Cam’ron was a young man who younger children in his community looked up to. He was not just the captain of his football team, but also a very loving and respectable young man. On October 16, 2015 Cam’ron passed out after a game and the next day he passed away. It turns out that when Cam’ron received his driver’s license, he checked “yes” to becoming an organ donor.
That decision saved six lives including his grandfather who needed a kidney.