Giving life a second chance.
hen you obtain your driving license, you will be asked, “Do you wishto be an organ donor?” If you say “yes”, what does that mean?
“Yes” means that you want to give someone a very special gift…a secondchance at life. It means that you have decided to give organs or tissuesafter your death to people who urgently need a transplant. The title“organ donor” with a red heart will appear on your license.
The urgent need for organ transplants grows daily with tens of thousandsof people waiting nationally. Someone is added to the list every tenminutes, and approximately 18 people will die each day while waiting foran organ. Your choice to become an organ donor can make a life-saving difference for these critically ill people.
The decision to donate is a personal one, but one which should be shared with your family. If you have questions, call the Alabama Organ Centerat 1-800-252-3677.
Common Myths about Donation
Becoming a donor will affect my medical care if I am in an accident.
If you are admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to saveyour life.
Organ donation disfigures the body.
Organs and tissues are removed in an operation performed by spe-cially trained medical professionals. Your body is treated with respect and anopen casket funeral is possible after donation.
If you agree to donate your family will be charged.
There is no financial cost to the donor’s family or estate for organor tissue donation. Funeral costs and the costs incurred in saving your liferemain the responsibility of the family.
Having “organ donor” on your driver’s license or carrying a donor cardis all you have to do to become a donor.
While donation can legally occur with these documents, it is importantto discuss your decision with your family to ensure they understand yourwishes. All people who indicate their donation wishes on their driver’s licensewill have their name added to the Legacy Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.For more information or to add your name to the registry, call 1-800-252-3677 or visit www.legacyalabama.org