Myth: If emergency roomdoctors know you’re an organ, eye, and tissue donor, they won’t work as hard tosave you.

Fact: If you are sick orinjured and admitted to the hospital, the No. 1 priority is to save your life.Organ, eye, and tissue donation can only be considered after death has beendeclared.

Myth: You are too old orill to be a donor.

Fact: People of all agesand medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medicalcondition at the time of death will determine if organs, eyes, and tissues canbe donated.

Myth: Your religionprohibits organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Fact: Most majororganized religions in the US approve of organ, eye, and tissue donation andconsider it an act of charity.

Myth: Organ and tissuedonation disfigures the body and changes the way it looks in a casket.

Fact: Donated organs andtissues are removed surgically, in an operation similar to gallbladder orappendix removal. Donation need not change the appearance of the body for thefuneral service.

Myth: Only hearts,livers, and kidneys can be transplanted.

Fact: Transplantableorgans include the heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver, and intestines.Tissue that can be donated includes eyes, skin, bone, heart valves, andtendons. One donor can improve the lives of many people.

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Did you know that the Health System offers paid leave ofabsences to all employee living donors? Eligible employees may request a Bone Marrow/Organ Donation leaveof absence when they intend to donate bone marrow, stem cells or a major organto another person. Eligible employees will be paid regular time. No vacation,personal or sick time will be utilized and time off will not be counted towardsthe employee’s leave entitlement. The amount of time off granted will bedetermined on a case by case basis, depending on the type of donation to bemade.
Formore information, interested employees may contact Disability Management inHuman Resources at: 215.829.7077.


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