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Critical organ donation warnings and guidance in new pamphlet: “Do not do an Apnea test!”
LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/26/12 | Steve Jalsevac

Posted on 04/27/2012 4:08:53 PM PDT by wagglebee

April 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dr. Paul Byrne has been on a personal mission for many years to warn the public about the alarming facts and dangers of the $20 billion dollar-a-year organ transplant industry.  At the International Conference for Life in Vatican City February 25, Byrne and other distinguished speakers, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, addressed serious concerns regarding so-called “brain death”, the apnea test and organ transplantation. Dr. Bryne also introduced a new 29-page booklet produced by his Life Guardian Foundation containing crucial information to assist the public in making informed decisions about organ donation.

The new Life Guardian booklet which Dr. Byrne briefly describes in a LifeSiteNews video interview recorded in Rome, is divided into six main sections:

YouTube: Dr. Paul Byrne on Facts About Being an Organ Donor Pamplet

The last part of the booklet contains tear-out forms, with instructions, intended to protect its readers from premature declarations of death that can result in imposed death, followed by subsequent unethical removal of their organs.

Dr. Byrne believes such forms are necessary due to increasingly hurried and flawed death declarations and the very aggressive tactics of the organ transplant industry.

The first form, a basic, Power of Attorney for Health Care, is followed by three complimentary, additional forms:

  1. Directions to Protect and Preserve Life for Power of Attorney for Health Care
  2. Directions to Protect and Protect and Preserve Life and Health Care Representative Serving as an Agent for Dependent Person who is a Minor or Mentally incapacitated person
  3. Directions to Protect and Preserve Life to be carried at all times in case of sudden accident or serious illness

Each of he last three forms includes the strict, bolded direction, “Do not hasten death. Do not shorten death. Do not do an apnea test. Do not take any organ for transplantation or any other purpose.”

The reference to the apnea test reflects grave concerns by Dr. Bryne and other medical professionals that this deadly procedure frequently hastens the death of those being “tested,” some of whom might yet recover, since they are deprived of ventilation for the dangerously long period of time set to determine if they can breathe on their own.

Byrne writes, “Knowing full well how critical the ventilator is, to withdraw it when it is needed most is absurd! Yet, it is planned for the patient to be taken off for up to 10 minutes - the patient can only get worse! This test is sometimes lethal. Make sure to instruct all medical staff: “Do not do an Apnea test!”

Dr. Byrne contacted LifeSiteNews to add, “carbon dioxide normally remains below 45 in us and when a patient is on a ventilator, the goal is to keep the carbon dioxide below 45. When doing an apnea test (the test for sleep apnea is not an apnea test), the respiration supporting ventilator is taken from the patient causing the carbon dioxide to increase to at least 60, and sometimes higher. When the carbon dioxide goes to these levels, swelling in the brain occurs or gets worse if it is already present. This is tantamount to suffocation.”

“The ventilator can be effective only in someone living” emphasizes Byrne. “The ventilator pushes air into the lungs; the air goes out (exhaled) only when and because the living body pushes it out. This does not occur in a cadaver/corpse/dead body.”

Although parts of the Life Guardian Pamphlet are directed to Catholics who are considering becoming organ donors, there is also much medical/ethical information applicable to a more general audience.

The medical credentials of Dr. Byrne have given considerable weight to the credibility of his presentations on the controversial topics which he has traveled to numerous countries to speak about. The new booklet describes Byrnes credentials as follows:

Dr. Paul Byrne, a Neonatologist is Director of Neonatology and Director of Pediatrics at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toledo College of Medicine; Board Certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: Member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars; past-President of the Catholic Medical Association (USA); and author of numerous articles on “brain death” and organ transplantation in medical and law journals and lay press. He is the producer of the film Continuum of Life and the author of Life, Life Support and Death, Beyond Brain Death, and Brain Death is Not Death. Dr. Byrne has presented testimony on life-death issues to nine state legislatures beginning in 1967, He opposed Dr. Jack Kevorkian on Cross-Fire, and has appeared on Good Morning America, the BBC documentary, “Are the donors really dead?” and public television in Japan.

See yesterday’s related LifeSiteNews report with many other related links, Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs - boy recovers completely

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KEYWORDS: apneatest; drpaulabryne; moralabsolutes; organdonation; organharvesting; prolife
Byrne writes, “Knowing full well how critical the ventilator is, to withdraw it when it is needed most is absurd! Yet, it is planned for the patient to be taken off for up to 10 minutes - the patient can only get worse! This test is sometimes lethal. Make sure to instruct all medical staff: “Do not do an Apnea test!”

A FACT that the euthanazi organ harvesters have been trying to hide for decades.

1 posted on 04/27/2012 4:09:08 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 04/27/2012 4:10:44 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 04/27/2012 4:11:59 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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4 posted on 04/27/2012 4:13:18 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Organ-leggers. Once more science catches up with science fiction in an unpleasant way.

At least I have the consolation of knowing nobody would want any of my organs.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 4:16:15 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and democrat is no way to go through life.)
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To: wagglebee

I’m an organ donar and think this is BS.


6 posted on 04/27/2012 4:32:57 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Tenacious 1
Good thing you're an organ donar, and not an organ donor. Otherwise you might be in big trouble.
7 posted on 04/27/2012 4:47:55 PM PDT by twister881
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To: wagglebee

Do any of the links work???


8 posted on 04/27/2012 4:48:22 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: King Moonracer

I don’t know why the links at the bottom aren’t working.

They all work at the original source:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/organ-donation-warnings-guidance-and-preservation-of-life-forms-in-new-pamp


9 posted on 04/27/2012 4:54:37 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Tenacious 1

Each to his own. Some people are more interested in Western medical ethics and others live under Humanism.

If you don’t believe they are hungry for your organs and this bias can affect your survival, you are nuts.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 4:58:25 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: wagglebee
Thanks, I was working from the bottom up. They were missing http://www.lifesitenews.com

No ‘moral certainty’ that brain death is really death: prominent Catholic ethics professor Brugger

“Brain Death” is Life, Not Death: Neurologists, Philosophers, Neonatologists, Jurists, and Bioethici

“Brain Death” Test Causes Brain Necrosis and Kills Patients: Neurologist to Rome Conference

Conference may Begin to Sway Vatican Opinion Against Brain Death: Eminent Philosopher

“Brain Death” as Criteria for Organ Donation is a “Deception”: Bereaved Mother

Pro-Life Conference on “Brain Death” Criteria Will Have Uphill Climb to Sway Entrenched Vatican Posi

Doctor to Tell Brain Death Conference Removing Organs from “Brain Dead” Patients Tantamount to Murde

Vatican in “Firestorm” over Brain Death Criteria for Organ Transplants

The Demise of “Brain Death”

Vatican Newspaper: Brain Death and thus Organ Donation Must be Reconsidered

New England Journal of Medicine: ‘Brain Death’ is not Death - Organ Donors are Alive


11 posted on 04/27/2012 5:01:12 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: twister881

LOL. I’m a dinar? Doner? ......whatever

(That’s embarrassing)


12 posted on 04/27/2012 5:02:05 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: wagglebee

It seems to me that harmless antibodies could be developed that in combination with an entry in their medical history would make their organs “off limits” to transplant.

That is, their records would indicate that they had a disease that disqualifies their organs for transplant, and they would have antibodies to that disease if they were tested for it.

The most likely candidate is HIV, which is commonly screened for, and most people know what it is.


13 posted on 04/27/2012 5:06:10 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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To: wagglebee
When doing an apnea test (the test for sleep apnea is not an apnea test)...

Would somebody medically explain this to me? What is the difference between a sleep apnea test and an apnea test? My father-in-law is having a sleep apnea test (he snores, etc) this week. Is this dangerous to him?

14 posted on 04/27/2012 5:10:14 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
The sleep apnea test is different (and VERY IMPORTANT if it's suspected).

The apnea test is to test breathing when the ventilator is removed, this causes the condition to get worse.

The sleep apnea test simply observes if the condition (when a person stops breathing in their sleep) exists, it is then treated with various devices.

15 posted on 04/27/2012 5:13:57 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Tenacious 1

I have TWO cousins who are nurses who tell me that doctors treat (high-mortality rate) cancer patients differently if they are donors - because some types of chemotherapy will make organs unusable.


16 posted on 04/27/2012 5:15:57 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

I thought that cancer patients couldn’t be organ donors. Usually if they die from the cancer, it has spread to other organs (and throughout the system).


17 posted on 04/27/2012 5:23:48 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Alas Babylon!

Here’s the apnea test, FWIW:

http://trauma.ucsd.edu/Portals/0/50%20APNEA%20TEST%20FOR%20DETERMINATION%20OF%20CLINICAL%20BRAIN%20DEATH1.pdf


18 posted on 04/27/2012 5:23:48 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: momtothree

Your organs can remain damaged/weakened long after remission, and older people can die of something else or natural causes. Generally, the principle behind chemotherapy is that cancer cells are weaker than “good” cells, so if you are poisioned (which most chemotherapy does), the cancer cells will die first. Of course, some newer and/or exotic therapies are much more targeted than this.


19 posted on 04/27/2012 5:32:44 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: wagglebee

MALPRACTICE to get organs.


20 posted on 04/27/2012 6:44:44 PM PDT by floriduh voter (I have no comment.)
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To: wagglebee

Mark for later reference.


21 posted on 04/27/2012 8:51:13 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Mitt Romney is the supreme exemplification of the word SMARMY.)
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To: twister881; Tenacious 1

At least T1’s an organ donar and not an organ diner.


22 posted on 04/30/2012 8:08:15 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: wagglebee
The headline's a little hysterical, because before reading the article most people (like me, ferinstance) will think it's warning against sleep apnea tests.

May be due simply to the conciseness requirement of headlines in general, and on FR in particular.

23 posted on 04/30/2012 8:13:20 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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