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Dr. Oz believes there is no greater gift than becoming an organ donor. "I spent my whole life trying to learn how to do transplants, and I had all this technology and all these gifts from people around us that could help others survive," he says. "Then we realized what holds us back is we don't have enough organs."

According to Dr. Oz, there are about 100,000 people in America waiting for an organ transplant. "During the course of this show, someone has already died while waiting for an organ," he says. "Only about half of the people that could donate really donate."

Some people choose not to become organ donors because of concern that the doctors will not take as good care of them, Dr. Oz says. "The fact is, the team taking care of you medically is different from the team that takes your organs, so they don't actually cross over," he says. "The other big myth that always hurts us is that folks say, 'Are they going to declare me dead too early?' It's the exact opposite. We're going to really make sure you're dead if we're going to use your organs."

To make sure your wishes to become a donor are known and carried out, Dr. Oz says you should tell your family and loved ones, in addition to marking your donor status on your driver's license. "Tell the people who you love that you really feel passionately about your desire to give the gift of life," he says. "Tell someone today that you care, because you might not know if two weeks later … you'll have to make a difficult decision."
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FROM: Medical Miracles: A Dr. Oz Report
Published on March 14, 2008

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