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Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: If I sign up to be an organ donor will the doctor in the ER save me?

Doctors take an oath to save lives and do their best to save the lives of their patients. Once you are admitted to the hospital your life is the number one priority, whether you are an organ donor or not. The doctor is actually not concerned about your registry status and is not involved in the donation process.

Q: How old do I have to be to register to be an organ donor?

There is no age limit on organ donation. Successful organ transplants have happened for people who are over the age of 50 from people who are younger and older than them. You also do not have to wait until your 18 to register to donate. You can register as early as 15.5 when you get your Temporary Instruction Permit.

Q: Are doctors harvesting organs of minority people and selling them on the black market?

Organs ARE NOT SOLD between hospitals, medical professionals or independent salespeople. United States federal law prohibits the buying and selling of organs. Violators can face jail time and fines.

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