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  • Organs removed from young woman against family's wishes

    11/23/2014 9:49:01 AM PST · by Shimmer1 · 80 replies ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    The organ donation process has been completed for the young woman whose family was fighting against it. According to family members of 26-year-old Martha Perez, her organs were removed on Friday against their wishes. Fox 4 spoke to the family before the removal and they said the third woman confirmed dead of injuries sustained in an Arlington wreck involving a suspected drunk driver was technically still alive. more.....
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    “Potentially unethical.” That’s how one expert described an Italian scientist’s plan to perform a “head transplant” by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‘recipient’ head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is “POTENTIALLY unethical?” Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only “potentially” unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it’s possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person’s head onto another person’s spine. The...
  • Centralizing organ removal may benefit transplants

    02/24/2014 11:07:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2014 1:28 AM EST | Marilynn Marchione
    For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment in the Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead. A study out Tuesday reports on liver transplants from the nations first free-standing organ retrieval center. Nearly all organ donors now are transported to Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis from a region including parts of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. Removing organs at this central location near the four hospitals that do transplants saves money, the study found. The...
  • Organ donation opt-out plan backed (UK)

    07/03/2013 7:27:11 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 4 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 7/3/2013 | unknown
    Wales will become the first country in the UK where people will be presumed to have consented for their organs to be donated unless they opt out... ...A Bill for Wales to adopt a system of presumed consent passed its final stage in the Welsh Assembly - despite objections from religious groups on moral grounds as well as concerns about it adding greater distress to bereaved family members. AMs voted in favour of the Bill by 43 votes to eight, with two abstentions... ...Ministers insist the scheme will be implemented sensitively...
  • Ethicists Stunning Challenge: Why Wait Until a Patient Is Dead to Harvest Organs?

    04/09/2013 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/9/13 | Liz Klimas
    Weve seen ethicists discussing the controversial topic of time of death and organ donation before. Now, another ethicist is discussing the moral insignificance of death when it comes to organ donation in the latest issue of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. As pointed out by BioEdge, Walter Glannon, a Canada Research Chair in Medical Bioethics and Ethical Theory and professor at the University of Calgary, is among the many ethicists that have begun questioning whether its necessary to wait until death before harvesting organs, especially in light of recent shortages. Glannons abstract states (the full article is available for purchase)...
  • Woman Dies After Receiving Smoker's Lungs in Transplant

    12/19/2012 9:23:13 AM PST · by Baynative · 37 replies
    GMA news ^ | 12/19/12 | LIZ NEPORENT |
    Jennifer Wederell, a 27-year-old British woman with cystic fibrosis, died of lung cancer after she received the lungs of a heavy smoker in an organ transplant.
  • Doctor disputes common acceptance of brain death

    11/22/2012 8:17:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 26 replies
    The Catholic Free Press ^ | 11.15.12 | Patricia OConnell
    Organ transplants are big business and patients are often declared “brain dead” in order to harvest their organs, neonatologist Dr. Paul A. Bryne said during a talk last Sunday at the Knights of Columbus hall. The event was sponsored by the St. John the Baptist Pro-Life League of Saint Benedict Center in Still River. Dr. Byrne, past president of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), has directed the neonatology and pediatrics departments at Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He is president of Life Guardian Foundation, a pro-life organization based in Vancouver, Washington. He has appeared on television’s “Good Morning America”...
  • I'm Not An Organ Donor.

    05/12/2012 10:09:45 AM PDT · by JoanVarga · 65 replies
    Primordial Slack ^ | 5/12/2012 | Joan Varga
    If that plain statement offends you, then you can take the measure of just how far your thinking has been influenced by the Imagine crowd. Specifically, the imagine no possessions set. You have no right to my organs after Im gone. Sorry. I have every right to be this way without being judged as selfish. Here I draw the line on the march of the boundary-challenged fascists: No. Hands off. Find some other way to save a life that doesnt involve the inherent corruption of the medical profession when an unscrupulous and hardened surgeon is tempted with my shiny, perfectly...
  • What You Lose When You Sign That Donor Card (Have doctors blurred the line between life and death?)

    03/14/2012 11:55:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 13, 2012 | Dick Teresi
    The last time I renewed my driver's license, the clerk at the DMV asked if she should check me off as an organ donor. I said no. She looked at me and asked again. I said, "No. Just check the box that says, 'I am a heartless, selfish bastard.'" Becoming an organ donor seems like a win-win situation. Some 3.3 people on the transplant waiting list will have their lives extended by your gift (3.3 is the average yield of solid organs per donor). You're a hero, and at no real cost, apparently. But what are you giving up when...
  • 21-Year-Old Man Wakes From Coma Before Doctors Take Organs

    12/22/2011 11:11:04 AM PST · by julieee · 59 replies ^ | December 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    21-Year-Old Man Wakes From Coma Before Doctors Take Organs Tucson, AZ -- A 21-year-old man has awaken from a coma just hours before doctors were ready to shut off life support and take his organs for donation purposes.
  • Presumed consent organ donation to be Welsh law by 2015

    11/06/2011 5:48:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/6/11
    The Welsh government says it plans to have a new law in place for presumed consent of organ donation by 2015. The legislation would require people to opt out of donating their organs when they die, rather than opting in by signing the donor register. A White Paper setting out a timetable is set to be published this week. Opponents say they do not believe it will work and it will hit trust in the system but supporters claim it will save more lives. The Welsh government has told the BBC Wales Politics Show that it is planning a system...
  • Gunman, 15, Picks Legally Armed Man to Rob - (Temple Student)

    09/06/2011 6:13:12 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 38 replies
    NBC News (Philly) ^ | 09/06/2011 | Teresa Masterson
    A 15-year-old boy allegedly pulled a gun on a Temple University student early Monday, but got a startling response: The 21-year-old pulled his own legal-to-carry gun and the two shot each other, police say.
  • Utah woman offers organ donation, then shoots self

    07/15/2011 5:13:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 15, 2011
    ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A Utah woman has committed suicide shortly after telling emergency personnel she wanted her organs harvested. St. George Police Captain Scott Staley says the 57-year-old woman made a call Friday morning to 911 to say she wanted to be an organ donor.
  • Palestinian organ donation saves 3 people

    09/25/2010 12:18:04 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Y-net news ^ | 9 June 2010 | Dr. Itay Gal
    Three people have been granted the opportunity for a new life, after the family of a Palestinian child who died in a mishap donated his liver and lungs. The transplants recipients are all in stable condition and are currently recovering at hospital. The tragic incident took place about 10 days ago, when three-and-a-half-year-old Abdul Hai Salhut of east Jerusalem's Jabel Mukaber fell and sustained grave injuries near his home. His family drove him to a local hospital, and from there he was taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Karem medical center. The child was taken directly into surgery where doctors struggled...
  • Re-thinking-organ-donation.

    ...lately, I have discovered that I, like the public at large, have been completely misinformed as to what really goes on when organs are donated.
  • NY lawmaker wants presumed organ donation consent (must Opt-Out)

    04/27/2010 7:00:17 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 52 replies · 1,069+ views
    AP ^ | 4-2-2010 | AP
    By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press Writer ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York assemblyman whose daughter is alive because of two kidney transplants wants his state to become the first in the nation to pass laws that would presume people want to donate their organs unless they specifically say otherwise. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky believes the "presumed consent" measures would help combat a rising demand for healthy organs by patients forced to wait a year or more for transplants. Twenty-four European countries already have such laws in place, he said. If he succeeds, distraught families would no longer be able to...
  • Illinois Dangerous 'Presumed Consent' Organ Donor Bill

    03/06/2010 11:14:50 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 20 replies · 577+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 03/06/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Illinois State Senator Dale Risinger (R, Peoria) has offered a bill in Springfield that drives our society further along the path of making parts of the human body a commodity, undercutting the sacred status of human life. SB 3613, the Presumed Donor bill, amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act to define all Illinois patients as "presumed donors" unless they specifically avail themselves of the opt out clause. In other words, unless you tell the government that in the case of your presumed brain death you don't want your body parts cut out and donated to other patients, they will be...
  • Fallen Rosemount (MN) Soldier's Heart Saves Woman

    08/03/2009 5:06:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies · 936+ views ^ | 8/3/09 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    The story of Corp. Benjamin Kopp's life is one about completely dedicating yourself to your country and others. Kopp, of Rosemount, gave his life serving his country. The 21-year-old died July 18 from injuries he suffered after being shot in the leg in Afghanistan while saving the lives of six of his fellow soldiers on July 10. If giving his life wasn't the ultimate sacrifice, even after his death, Kopp kept on giving. Judy Meikle, of Chicago, says she has been long awaiting a heart transplant. Two weeks ago the 57-year-old got a call from her close friend Maria Burud,...
  • Ohio couple: Pa. hospital harvested son's organs

    03/04/2009 4:30:31 PM PST · by BykrBayb · 138 replies · 2,802+ views
    Times Leader ^ | Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7:17 pm | DAN NEPHIN
    The parents of an 18-year-old Ohio man who suffered a brain injury while snowboarding claim in a lawsuit that doctors at a northwestern Pennsylvania hospital intentionally killed him so they could harvest his organs. The lawsuit claims that Hamot Medical Center doctors and a representative of the Center For Organ Recovery and Education caused Gregory Jacobs' death by administering medication and by removing his breathing tube, causing him to suffocate. "But for the intentional trauma or asphyxiation of Gregory Jacobs, he would have lived, or, at the very least, his life would have been prolonged," the lawsuit said. The suit...
  • Bill aims to boost organ donations (New Jersey)

    12/21/2007 5:25:42 AM PST · by Calpernia · 23 replies · 147+ views
    Star-Ledger Staff ^ | Friday, December 21, 2007 | BY SUSAN K. LIVIO
    Senate President Richard Codey said yesterday he has introduced a bill to require drivers to decide whether they want to become donors before they can obtain or renew their license. The "New Jersey Hero Act" also would make New Jersey the first state in the nation to incorporate organ donation education into the high school curriculum beginning in the 2008-09 school year. "For the first time anywhere in this country, we are mandating a discussion -- one that can and will save lives and make everyone a hero," said Codey (D-Essex).
  • Momma, they got me a heart

    11/14/2007 7:56:18 PM PST · by Tennessee_Bob · 4 replies · 205+ views
    The Oak Ridger ^ | 11/14/2007 | Beverly Majors
    Momma, they got me a heart. Those are the words Jessica Hensley heard Monday when her phone rang at 1 a.m. in her Kingston home. Jessicas 12-year-old daughter, Jordon Hensley, called from Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the news that her cardiologist needed her to get ready for a heart transplant. Jordon called me before the doctor did, Jessica said Tuesday in a phone call to The Oak Ridger. She told me, The doctors about to call you. I am so excited. Jessica said, We are so thankful to the Paine family. I have not got an official word (about...
  • The Inconvenient Truth About Organ Donations

    09/22/2007 8:46:03 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 283+ views ^ | | Steve Jalsevac
    The Inconvenient Truth About Organ Donations Physician sounds alarm about unethical or at least highly questionable practices of organ transplant industry By Steve Jalsevac September 19, 2007 ( - There has been growing concern over the past several years about increasingly aggressive measures undertaken to harvest human organs from dying patients. Dr. John Shea, a Toronto physician who has specialized in researching the issue, has just completed a report, Organ donation: The inconvenient truth, that sounds an alarm about the unethical or at least highly questionable practices of the organ transplant industry. The article is published in the September issue...
  • Speed of fighter jet saved infant, now an adult

    05/14/2007 10:14:02 AM PDT · by RDTF · 36 replies · 2,078+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | May 14, 2007 | AP
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) Twenty years ago a North Dakota National Guard fighter jet scrambled with a cooler containing an infant heart for a 5-month-old boy in California. The heart still beats inside Andrew De La Pena, who's now a student at Loyola University in New Orleans. He will be in Fargo this week with his parents. They'll meet the anonymous family whose decision to donate their infant's organs helped De La Pena live. "I have often wondered what happened and if he's OK," said Col. Bob Becklund, who flew the F-4. "And to hear now that he's survived all...
  • Potential organ donor was wrongly declared brain-dead

    04/12/2007 6:27:57 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 80 replies · 2,114+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12 April 2007 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber
    A man whose family agreed to donate his organs for transplant upon his death was wrongly declared brain-dead by two doctors at a Fresno hospital, records and interviews show. Only after the man's 26-year-old daughter and a nurse became suspicious was a third doctor, a neurosurgeon, brought in. He determined that John Foster, 47, was not brain-dead, a condition that would have cleared the way for his organs to be removed, records of the Feb. 21 incident show. "It kind of blew my mind," said the daughter, Melanie Sanchez, "like they were waiting like vultures, waiting for someone to die...
  • VANITY: Why I Choose Not to Designate Myself as an Organ Donor

    08/26/2006 9:39:03 AM PDT · by The Cuban · 320 replies · 5,293+ views
    VANITY | 8/26/2006 | The Cuban
    This morning, I renewed my driver's license. Of course, on the application they asked me if I wanted to donate my organs in the eventuality of my death. Being an altruist by nature, my first reaction was, why not, it could help somebody. But then a fear crept into my head - what if I was seriously ill, and "they" decided to hasten my as of yet not-inevitable death to harvest my organs? While my first reaction was that is absurd, I decided to chose "no" given the well grounded fear that in today's society, where life is given no...
  • Crash Victim Helps Others (8 people receive child's organs)

    01/16/2006 7:07:55 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 9 replies · 306+ views
    WNEP-TV ^ | 1/16/2006 | Julie Sidoni
    One week after a little girl was hit by a mini-van in Lackawanna County, family members are making her funeral arrangements. They want everyone to know that her final gift may help save the lives of other children. Mia Diaz, 8, of Olyphant died over the weekend. The third grader at Mid Valley Elementary School loved to cheer for the Olyphant Lions, an area junior football team. She died nearly a week after being hit by a mini-van along East Scott Street in Olyphant, not far from where she lived. She'd been walking to the corner bus stop. Mia's mother,...
  • Donated organs rejected because man gay

    11/30/2005 5:51:46 PM PST · by Ellesu · 36 replies · 708+ views
    Family and friends of local actor, activist Albert Soto are outraged, want guidelines changed. no allowed to copy, link here:
  • Hospital Halts Organ Program [Saudi got improper priority; action covered up]

    09/27/2005 9:04:02 AM PDT · by Jubal Harshaw · 9 replies · 557+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | Charles Ornstein
    St. Vincent Medical Center, one of the largest organ transplantation centers in the state, has suspended its liver program after discovering that its doctors improperly arranged for a transplant to a Saudi national using an organ that should have gone to a much higher priority patient at another hospital, officials said. Hospital staff members then falsified documents several times to cover up the alleged maneuver, pretending that the transplant was for a patient who was near the top of the regional waiting list, hospital President and Chief Executive Gus Valdespino confirmed Monday.
  • Someone Died in North Carolina Today

    04/23/2005 7:30:14 PM PDT · by Pegita · 15 replies · 449+ views
    Self | 04/23/05 | Pegita
    Someone died in North Carolina today ... I don't know exactly who, but the death has impacted my family, nevertheless. I do know that this death was the result of an automobile accident yesterday, but whether male or female, young or old, I do not know. And I don't know when the decision was made for this person to be an organ donor, or by whom ... I only know that of all the thousands on the waiting list for kidneys, someone in North Carolina was the perfect match for someone in my family, already months on dialysis ... waiting...
  • Soldier lives on friend's healthful gift (even MEN might shed a tear and prayer after reading this)

    01/30/2005 7:13:55 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 4 replies · 885+ views
    Military ^ | January 28, 2005 | Sgt. Chuck Wagner
    Capt. Lisa Smurr, left, shares a laugh with Capt. Lisa Horak, who gave her a kidneymore than six years after they met at an Army officer camp. An Army nurse's promised gift to another Soldier is proving a good match. When Capt. Lisa Smurr couldn't locate a healthy kidney to replace her failing pair last year, a nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center wouldn't offer simple condolences. On July 22, Capt. Lisa Horak gave Smurr an extended lease on life when her left kidney became the other's second on the right. The average kidney transplant survives 18 years. A...
  • Organ transplant arranged through Web site

    10/20/2004 11:58:36 AM PDT · by Michael Goldsberry · 2 replies · 294+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Associated Press
    DENVER -- Doctors who postponed a kidney transplant between two men who met through a private organ donation Web site decided Tuesday to allow the operation to proceed, despite legal and ethical concerns about the surgery. The operation, scheduled for Wednesday, is believed to be the first transplant arranged through a Web site designed to match organ donors with recipients, said Jeremiah Lowney, medical director of, where the two men made contact. Doctors at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center initially postponed the procedure to replace Bob Hickey's kidney as he was in a hospital room with IVs running from his...
  • Organ Donor Truck at Clinton Hospital

    09/06/2004 7:56:37 AM PDT · by MineralMan · 22 replies · 607+ views
    Vanity | 9/6/04 | Self
    Watching CNN this morning, right after 7 AM, I was looking at the stand-up in front of the hospital where Clinton is getting his surgery. Right behind the reporter, a van pulled up. On the van, it said Express Organ Delivery. While the story was being reported, two people came out of the hospital, then took a styrofoam cooler into the hospital. This was right at 7 AM. What was in the cooler? A stand-by heart for Clinton, just in case something went wrong? I can't get at the CNN video of the report.
  • AMA urges new organ donor laws

    06/14/2004 6:46:21 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 110 replies · 405+ views
    UPI ^ | 6-14-04
    CHICAGO, June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors suggested Monday that one way to obtain more donor organs is to assume people would want their organs to be used by someone else. At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, members considered a resolution urging states and the federal government to copy European laws that assume people want to be organ donors unless they specifically decline. "We have to do something to change the system," said Dr. Stephen Schwartz, a psychiatrist in Huntington Valley, Pa. "We are standing by idly while people are dying. We can't stand by and let...
  • Nicked for saving a life

    05/30/2003 11:49:22 AM PDT · by OneVike · 7 replies · 212+ views
    Online Sun ^ | 5/30/03 | JOHN ASKILL and MARTYN SHARPE
    Nicked for saving a life No regrets ... Mike yesterday By JOHN ASKILLand MARTYN SHARPEAN ambulance driver has been charged with speeding as he delivered a liver for a life-saving transplant. The decision to prosecute was branded a disgrace last night by his union and an MP. They said Mike Ferguson was clearly on an emergency mission. Mike, 56, was snapped doing 104mph by a camera on the A1. He had blue lights flashing on his ambulance service Vauxhall Vectra, which is converted for transporting organs and blood. And it happened at 3.30am, when traffic was light and road...
  • AMA outraged over mandatory biker organ-donor bill

    02/03/2003 3:00:57 PM PST · by KneelBeforeZod · 55 replies · 729+ views
    AMA ^ | jan 30 2003 | AMA
    Jan. 30 The AMA has expressed its outrage at a proposed law in New Mexico that could make some motorcyclists into forced organ donors. The proposal, introduced in the New Mexico Legislature by state Sen. Allen Hurt (R-Waterflow), would allow the harvesting of organs from any motorcyclist who doesn't wear a helmet and is declared brain dead as a result of an accident. Hurt's bill, designated Senate Bill 239, specifically states that: "a person operating a motorcycle without a helmet and who, as the result of an accident, is pronounced brain dead pursuant to Section 12-2-4 NMSA 1978 by...
  • Love's last gift

    06/01/2002 10:13:13 PM PDT · by let freedom sing · 5 replies · 341+ views ^ | Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Saturday, June 1, 2002 | By Dorsey Griffith -- Bee Medical Writer
    <p>Matthew Jacob Garcia will never know his mother, a young woman who loved the sea, country music and her soul mate -- her junior high school sweetheart and husband of just one year.</p> <p>But perhaps one day he will understand that his mother's death, only three hours after his premature birth, helped four other people who now have a second chance at life thanks to her healthy kidneys, liver and heart.</p>