Skip to comments.Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs – boy recovers completely
Posted on 04/26/2012 3:07:34 PM PDT by NYer
LEICESTER, England, April 25, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - According to the Daily Mail newspaper, a young British man owes his life to an insistent father who would not allow his son’s organs to be removed from his body, despite assurances from four doctors that his son could not recover from the wounds he had suffered in a recent car accident.
The Mail reports that Stephen Thorpe, then 17, was placed in a medically-induced coma following a multi-car pileup that had already taken the life of his friend Matthew, who was driving the vehicle.
Although a team of four physicians insisted that his son was “brain-dead” following the wreck, Thorpe’s father enlisted the help of a general practitioner and a neurologist, who demonstrated that his son still had brain wave activity. The doctors agreed to bring him out of the coma, and five weeks later Thorpe left the hospital, having almost completely recovered.
Today, the 21-year-old with “brain damage” is studying accounting at a local university. “‘My impression is maybe the hospital werent very happy that my father wanted a second opinion,” he told the Mail.
The case is similar to dozens of others LifeSiteNews has reported in recent years, in which comatose or otherwise unconscious patients are declared to be “brain dead,” or hopelessly incurable. In many cases, aggressive doctors seek the organs of the patient for harvesting.
In 2011, the Quebec Hospital Sainte Croix de Drummondville sought permission to extract the eyes of a patient who had choked on hospital food in the absence of a nurse, claiming she was “brain dead.” After the family demanded proof from physicians of her alleged condition, she regained consciousness, and recovered most of her faculties. The family declared its intention to sue the hospital.
In 2008, a 45-year-old Frenchman revived on the operating table as doctors prepared to “harvest” his organs for donation, following cardiac arrest. In the subsequent investigation by the hospital’s ethics committee, a number of doctors admitted that such cases, while rare, were well known to them.
That same year, a “brain dead” 21-year-old American, Zack Dunlap, was about to have his organs harvested when his two sisters, both nurses, decided to test the hospital’s theory that his brain was no longer functioning. Family members poked his feet with a knife and dug their fingernails under his nails, provoking strong reactions by Dunlap and proving he was conscious. He recovered completely. He later related that he was conscious and aware as doctors discussed harvesting his organs in his presence.
The term “brain death” was invented in 1968 to accommodate the need to acquire vital organs in their freshest state from a donor who some argue is still very much alive.
While death had previously been defined as lack of respiration and heart activity, “brain death” was judged as compatible with an otherwise living patient. “Brain death” has never been rigorously defined, and there are no standardized tests to determine if the condition exists.
Dr. John Shea, a medical advisor to LifeSiteNews.com, points out that patients diagnosed as “brain dead” often continue to exhibit brain functions.
In “Organ Donation: The Inconvenient Truth”, Shea states that the criteria for “brain death” only “test for the absence of some specific brain reflexes. Functions of the brain that are not considered are temperature control, blood pressure, cardiac rate and salt and water balance. When a patient is declared brain dead, these functions are not only still present, but also frequently active.”
A list of articles by LifeSiteNews on comotose and “brain dead” patients who unexpectedly recovered follows:
* Brain dead woman recovers after husband refuses to withdraw life support
* Woman Diagnosed as Brain Dead Walks and Talks after Awakening
* Brain dead Quebec woman wakes up after family refuses organ donation
* Doctor Says about Brain Dead Man Saved from Organ Harvesting - Brain Death is Never Really Death
* Doctors Who Almost Dissected Living Patient Confess Ignorance about Actual Moment of Death
* New study questions brain-death criterion for organ donation
* Coma Recovery After 19 Years Poses Questions About Terri Schiavo
* Polish Man Wakes from 19-Year Coma, Talks and Expected to Walk Soon
* Man Wakes from Two-Year Coma was Aware and Remembers Everything
* Boy in Hopeless Vegetative State Awakens and Steadily Improves
* Commentary: The Significance of that Case of the Man Trapped in a Coma for 23 Years
* Girl Once Comatose and Scheduled for Euthanasia Will Testify against Attacker
* Comatose UK Man Chooses Life by Moving Eyes
* Womans Waking After Brain Death Raises Many Questions About Organ Donation
* Russian Surgeons Removing Organs Saying Patients Almost Dead Anyway
* Denver Coroner Rules Homicide in Organ-Donor Case
The boy who came back from the dead: Experts said car crash teen was beyond hope. His parents disagreed
Saving a life or funding a hospital. The later according to you........Sorry to hear that.
I would like to think that my brother's lungs, eyes, liver, heart, kidneys, skin and whatever else was harvested helped save all those lives.
Go ahead you two, try to explain to my step-father that he may have made the wrong decision to have the plug pulled.
And try to explain to the recipients of his life saving organs that they were merely pawns in the "organ harvesting" scam that you two are alleging.......
I don't know what inner hatred you have for organ harvesting is but you'll be hard pressed to convince any parent or relative who had to make that awful decision that they were wrong in their decision......
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“Saving a life or funding a hospital. The later according to you........Sorry to hear that.”
It’s not an either/or question. Of course hospitals want to harvest organs to save lives. They also want to do stem cell research and human cloning to save lives. That desire doesn’t make what they want to do moral, and it doesn’t rule out the possibility that they have other motives besides the altruistic ones.
I have no idea about your personal situation, but yes, in a lot of cases, the hospitals are harvesting organs from people who would certainly die anyway. However, they cannot know for certain how or when most of those people would die if they did not kill them on the operating table by harvesting their organs. Also, they cannot know how many people they harvested would have recovered if they weren’t killed.
You can do some moral calculus and try to weigh the costs vs benefits of the people who were helped and the people who were harmed, but I will stick with the simple principle that life belongs to God and we will have to answer to him when we decide to take it.
Make your intentions clear not to be denied hydration or treated like Terri Schindler or the folks in the article above in case of an accident.