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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Of Organ Donation

By Staff Editor
Sep 13, 2016 - 1:10:05 PM

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( - Over 125 million Americans have signed up to be organ donors. That’s more than half of all adults, but there are still many people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. That’s why it’s important for all of us to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Have you registered yet? Take this quiz and see how much you know about organ donation.

1. I’m over 50. Is that too old to be an organ donor?

A. Yes

B. No

2. I’ve got a medical condition. Should I still register?

A. Yes

B. No

3. In a life-threatening emergency, people receive the same quality of emergency medical care regardless of their donor status.

A. True

B. False

4. Rich people and celebrities on the waiting list are given priority for transplants.

A. True

B. False

5. It won’t cost my family anything if I become a donor.

A. True

B. False


1. B. No. Because people are living longer, healthier lives, they are able to be donors much later in life. In fact, the oldest U.S. donor was 92.

2. A. Yes. Even with a health condition, you may be able to donate your organs or tissues. When the time comes, doctors will evaluate the condition of your organs and decide about donation.

3. A. True. People are treated the same, whether they’re registered donors or not. Every effort is made to save the life of the patient. Donation is only considered when death has occurred or is about to happen.

4. B. False. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which manages how organs are distributed, never considers race, gender, income or celebrity status in allocating organs. Priority is given to recipients based on medical criteria including the severity of illness, blood and tissue type, body size, and the distance the recipient is from the donor.

5. A. True. The donor’s family pays for medical care and funeral costs, but not for organ or tissue donation. Costs related to donation are paid by the recipient or his or her insurance.

How did you do? If you’d like to learn more or join the millions who have registered as organ, eye, and tissue donors, go or



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