[info_box] MYTH: If I am in an accident and the hospital knows that I want to be a donor, the doctors will not try to save my life. FACT: Organ and tissue recovery takes place only after all efforts to save your life have been exhausted and death has been legally declared. The medical team treating you is completely separate from the transplant team. The organ procurement organization (OPO) is not notified until all lifesaving efforts have failed. The OPO does not notify the transplant team until the family has consented to donation. .
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