Remember the squishiness, the sliminess—that stuff in a bucket you couldn’t see but could vividly imagine? It was, of course, … human body organs!
Every year, innocent children are subjected to unmerciful Halloween tricks from adults. Live scarecrows guard candy, witches answer doors and, yes, buckets full of gooey eyeballs await curious fingers.
This Halloween, we’re turning the theme around on adults. Our version focuses on a real life-and-death issue: organ donation. Some people find that as scary as a haunted house. Perhaps that’s because of frightful myths, like the doctors might not try as hard to save donors, and you can’t have an open-casket funeral.
In “13 Organ Donation Questions: Busting Myths, Spreading Facts,” we’ve answered your common and uncomfortable questions. (Funny, it just worked out to 13.) If you haven’t registered as a donor, perhaps this Halloween is the time to do it. You can sign up easily online. (There’s a link in the article.)
Well over 6,000 people die waiting for a transplant each year. One donor can save as many as eight live and help perhaps dozens more.
Signing up to be a lifesaver—a pretty cool way to celebrate Halloween. Almost as cool as scaring the sheets off some innocent little ghosts.
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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a professional writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.