Knowing All We Can Do
A critical goal for our organization is to provide the educational support needed to help people make informed decisions concerning donation. Through growing knowledge, we hope to encourage more Arkansans to register as organ and tissue donors and share the gift of life.
To arrange for an ARORA representative, donor family member or transplant recipient to speak to your classroom, email email@example.com.
Don’t let untruths stop you from making a truly amazing decision. Know the facts and help save lives.
Myths & Facts
MythIf emergency room doctors know you're an organ donor, they won't work as hard to save you.
If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ donation can only be considered after brain death has been declared by a physician. Also, your treating physician is not the doctor who would perform the organ recovery.
MythThe “rich and famous” receive priority on the organ waiting list. Doctors won't work as hard to save you.
When you are on the transplant waiting list for a donor organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other important medical information.
MythYour family members can block your decision to become an organ or tissue donor, even if you are in the donor registry.
In Arkansas, your family cannot revoke your decision to register as a donor. However, it’s important to talk to your family about your decision to donate so they are aware of your wishes and will feel comfortable honoring them.
MythOnly hearts, livers, and kidneys can be transplanted.
Needed organs include the heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines. Tissue that can be donated include the eyes, skin, bone, heart valves and tendons.