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Planning to Be an Organ Donor

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Donating an organ costs you nothing. It doesn't cost the receiving patient's family, either. The cost of removing the organs and transporting them is paid by the organ procurement organization.

Priority for transplants is by greatest chance of transplant success. This means that the organ will go to the patient for whom the transplant will most likely be successful. Things affecting who gets an organ may include tissue and blood type, the length of time the recipient has spent on the waiting list, or the distance between the donor and recipient. The financial status or celebrity of the recipient is not considered.

Having an open-casket funeral is possible for organ donors. The surgery to remove the organs is easy to cover up with clothing or prosthetics.

All major religions allow organ donation. The Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu faiths encourage organ donation or leave it up to individual choice. Ask your spiritual advisor if you have questions about your religion's views on organ donation.

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Last Updated: January 03, 2012
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