November 26

Alabama Organ Donation Facts & Myths

Alabama organ donation is something all Alabama drivers can sign up for, but it is a very personal decision. When you obtain your driver license, you will be asked, “Do you wish to 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 second chance at life. It means that you have decided to give organs or tissues after your death to people who urgently need a transplant. The title “organ donor” with a red heart will appear on your license.
  • The number of people waiting nationally. Someone is added to the list every ten minutes, and approximately 18 people will die each day while waiting for an 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 Center at 1-800-252-3677.

Common Myths about Donation

Myth: Becoming a donor will affect my medical care if I am in an accident.
Fact: If you are admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to save your life.

Myth: Organ donation disfigures the body.
Fact: Organs and tissues are removed in an operation performed by specially trained medical professionals. Your body is treated with respect and an open casket funeral is possible after donation.

Myth: If you agree to donate your family will be charged.
Fact: There is no financial cost to the donor’s family or estate for organ or tissue donation. Funeral costs and the costs incurred in saving your life remain the responsibility of the family.

Myth: Having “organ donor” on your driver’s license or carrying a donor card is all you have to do to become a donor.
Fact: While donation can legally occur with these documents, it is important to discuss your decision with your family to ensure they understand your wishes. All people who indicate their donation wishes on their driver’s license will 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


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