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The world of organ donation in Denmark was in turmoil.

A documentary was aired which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator.

About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama.

But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full recovery.

About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmark’s organ donor register.

[Comment: Another article on the subject said that after the documentary was shown, 500 people tore up their organ donor cards. N. Valko RN ]