One of the longer-standing myths in organ donation is that flight crews cannot be organ donors. This is just not true, but it’s actually been one of the more difficult ones to counter. Jim’s story has been just the remedy though. We know of many, many flight attendants, and other crew who have now signed up to be organ donors because they now know that the myth isn’t true, but mostly because they are inspired by Jim.
Some, like Angela, thought they were already signed up. It took only a minute to find out she wasn’t AND to fix that. Monica signed up, and encouraged Joey to do the same. Adrienne signed up and posed for a photo that will further inspire you. And Joe was able to sign up in less than 2 minutes. Remember: everyone can be an organ donor – you just need to be at least 16 years old.
These amazing people were inspired to sign up to be a donor. Let them inspire you.
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I’m a flight attendant and I went through the system to donate 60% of my liver and the only reason I didn’t go through with it was because by the time I got through the system, my recipient was too ill to receive anything but a full liver. They never even questioned my job as a flight attendant, it never factored into the process at all. This myth of flight crews not eligible to donate is definitely busted!
Thanks so much for your comment. You are one of the heroes we talk about!
I clicked on this because of the story/link on WestNet. I did do a liver donation and the same as Adrienne, I was never ruled out b/c of my job. (Flight Attendant). They were more concerned that I was able to get short term disability LOL. Although I only got three more years for my dad (and not due to liver failure), no regrets! I had to come back to Ontario for the surgery and must say the Trillium Foundation was a great resource, and had exceptional care at Toronto General Hospital, and the Transplant Unit. Dad did too.
Myth well and truly busted! Thanks for sharing your story – you are a hero.