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The Erosion of Ethics in Organ Transplantation (2012)

Comment: The basic principles are sound for anyone. N. Valko RN 2nd Comment, 2nd Nurse: Unless the donor is alive and can live with one organ (kidney for instance), and the transplant will not kill the donor, it is morally and ethically in question. Back in my 20s we...

Danish Teen Wakes From the “Dead” Just as Doctors Prepare to Harvest Her Organs (2012)

A teenage girl who had been stuck in a coma after a catastrophic car crash miraculously woke up just as doctors were about to declare her brain dead and harvest her organs. A teenage girl who had been stuck in a coma after a catastrophic car crash miraculously woke up...

Controversial Doctors’ Radical Plan to Tackle Organ Shortage: Patients Could be Kept Alive to Become Donors and Hearts Retrieved from Newborn Babies in BMA Proposals

Comment: Note that some of these radical organ donation proposals are already happening in the US, according to this article. N Valko RN A BMA report has revived the debate about how far doctors should go to help save the lives of patients with organ failure. Patients...

Patients Supposedly in Vegetative/PVS State “Not Just Aware But Paying Attention”

We have written dozens of stories the common theme of which is that patients diagnosed in a “persistent vegetative state” or “minimally conscious” are either (a) misdiagnosed or (b) much more aware than they are given credit for....