Learn more about liver transplant recipient Nefeterius Akeli McPherson and her organ donation advocacy here.
Learn more about McPherson's donor, 12-year-old West Virginian Taitlyn Hughes here.
Read more about McPherson and Hughes' story here.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If I were to ask you what significance Feb. 14 holds, you would probably say it's Valentine's Day and leave it at that. But Feb. 14 is also National Organ Donor Day, which gives a whole new meaning to giving your heart to someone.
The purpose of National Organ Donor Day is to raise awareness about organ donation and its importance. Donating an organ is a serious topic of discussion and one that is personal to me. Not only am I a registered organ donor, but I will eventually need an organ transplant because of complications with my cystic fibrosis.
In honor of National Organ Donor Day, I'd like to dispel some popular myths about organ donation:
First, the myth that doctors won't save your life if they find your organ donor card, instead letting you die to give your organs to other people. As the Center for Organ Recovery and Education reports, this could not be further from the truth. Doctors, nurses and paramedics will do everything possible to save your life.
In fact, for organs to be donated, the donor must be in a hospital and on a ventilator at the time of his or her death. So rest easy because this urban legend couldn't get any more debunked than it already has.
What about the myths that you have to be in good health or of a certain age to donate an organ? Nope.