Personally, I don’t mind my body being used for science. It was always my understanding that most of my organs would likely be unusable in an transplants upon death (One would literally have to be on the surgery table on the time of death to properly preserve the organs due to toxins overloading th system).
If, however, my brain or kidneys can give a med student a better understanding of the human body for better practice in the future, that is a net gain.
It sounds like the hospital in question is a pretty scummy place, and I am yet to read the entire article, but if simply in the name of science (not to make a few bucks, but for knowledge) I say “cut me up!”
Hell, I plan on being cremated anyway.
All your parts are belong to us.
OK, that was just lame...
There’s (obviously) a load of money in “organs”. I have always wondered if some people might profit from you “didn’t make it” in the emergency room. I never mark ‘yes’ for organ donation on my drivers license renewal.
On the other hand, there are plenty of people hanging around FR who think it’s just dandy if the government controls what you do with your own body. Want to make your own decision when it’s time to die? Nope, many FReepers want the government to step in and make it illegal for anyone to help you, even at your explicit request. Want to “donate” eggs for a nice wad of cash? Nope, many FReepers say the government should stop you because it’s “exploiting women” — you’re just a flighty little woman, you know, and can’t possibly understand how you’re being “exploited”, so big Daddy government needs to take charge of your decisions.
My body parts are mine, and not just after I’m dead. They’re mine to donate, sell, destroy, protect, or whatever I want.
As a physician, I’d strongly advise people *not* to sign their organ donor cards.
Something that sounds noble and selfless may in fact may compromise the care you receive.
I’ve seen too many transplant-related types in healthcare behave in ways that were unprofessional at best.
Simple enough to fix.
Go to DMV and tell them you want a new license without the heart stamp.They can’t say no and force you to be an organ donor.Can they?
I wouldn’t mind giving up my organs for either transplants or research, but if someone’s going to profit from their sale I want it to be my family and not the government.
I would never, even sign that organ donation blank, and I have strongly advised my family members to not do it either. The reason: Several years ago in my home area, there were strong rumors from several local and regional hospitals that critically injured accident victims were NOT receiving the immediate intensive care that one would expect, with allegations made by hospital staff that victims were being allowed to die so that their organs could be harvested (if they had signed the card). This came from my aunt, who’s an RN (now retired) and gave us the initial heads up.
The nasty part of this whole thing is that the surviving family gets ZERO dollars, while the doctors make loads of cash off this scam.
It’s the one reason I’m not an organ donor. I’ll be happy to donate parts if I don’t need them any more, but compensate my family for it, and not just the medical system. After all, who’s making the real sacrifice here?
I've never believed otherwise. I listened to this issue yesterday on local talk radio and couldn't believe the hysterics.
Once I’m dead, my body is nothing more than a container of water and some minerals.
If science can make use of said bag of chemicals to further human quality of life down stream, have at it.
Thanks for posting. Very interesting. BTTT!
I am a donor also. However when I think of the term “donor” my impression is they can take what they want but I have no intention of anyone making any money off my “donation”.
I’ll be checking the regs and rules on this in my state before my license comes up for renewal. If there is any chance anyone is going to make money from my organs or tissue, it is going to be my family and no one else.