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Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donorís recovery
http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org ^

Posted on 11/20/2012 12:43:17 PM PST by marthemaria

The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month 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.

Doctors at Aarhus University Hospital were embarrassed by the incident. “We are overjoyed that the young woman survived and that she is moving on after the accident,” Claus Thomsen, the hospital’s chief medical officer, said. “But we made a mistake underway and made the family believe that their daughter and sister would die.”

The hospital acknowledged that the question of organ donation should not have been raised as there were no unambiguous signs that brain death would occur. New guidelines have been introduced to ensure that relatives will only be approached about organ donation if no more treatment options are available. There was no risk of a false diagnosis of brain death, the hospital insisted.

But in more bad publicity for the hospital, a Danish tabloid profiled a man who had been falsely diagnosed as brain dead in 2002. He recovered quickly.

Aarhus University Hospital is investigating both cases, although it insists that the correct procedures were followed in the earlier case.

Carina’s family is now suing the hospital for damages. Her family’s lawyer claims that she keeps asking whether her doctors were trying to kill her. “Those bandits in white coats gave up too quickly because they wanted an organ donor,” Carina’s father

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: braindead; braindeath; denmark; medicalethics; notdeadyet; organdonation; organtransplantation; sourcetitlenoturl; transplants
This story just makes me shiver.
1 posted on 11/20/2012 12:43:22 PM PST by marthemaria
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To: marthemaria

Ah, but the correct procedures were followed. That’s all that really matters! /s


2 posted on 11/20/2012 12:46:02 PM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: marthemaria
About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmark’s organ donor register.

ONLY 500?????..............

3 posted on 11/20/2012 12:47:22 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: marthemaria

Whew! After reading the headline, I was afraid she was going to recover and find her corneas removed or something!


4 posted on 11/20/2012 12:47:54 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: marthemaria

Buddy: Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad! I'm not in a coma any more!

Mrs. Dionosopolis: Thank God!

Mr. Dionosopolis: [ embarrassed ] Buddy..? Buddy..?

Buddy: [ raising finger ] Ohhhhh.. what are you doing? Were you pulling the plug on me!

Mr. Dionosopolis: [ trying to explain ] Buddy, the doctor told us you were a vegetable.

Doctor: I, for one, am baffled!

Buddy: But pulling the plug!

Mrs. Dionosopolis: Buddy, we were just doing what you told your father about "dying with dignity", you know? If you ever got hit in the head with a sledgehammer and had to be kept alive by machines? You remember!

Buddy: I never said anything like that, Mom.

Mr. Dionosopolis: Oh, yeahh.. you remember, don't you? It was that one day, remember? You weren't asking yourself, you were real strange.. I thought, "Gee, that's not like Buddy, wants to die like that.." But I figured, what the heck, okay! You said it, though! You said, it, you just forgot!

Buddy: [ laughing ] I probably forgot about it!

Mr. Dionosopolis: Well, buddy, do you fell good enough to go home?

Buddy: [ excited ] Yeah, that would be just great!

Mrs. Dionosopolis: Alright. I'll fix you a nice big lunch!

Mr. Dionosopolis: And we'll go hunting first thing next week, okay? [ turns to Doctor ] Thanks a lot, Doctor! Thanks for almost killing little Buddy!

[ family exits hospital room ]

Doctor: Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me!

5 posted on 11/20/2012 12:49:26 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: marthemaria
This story will more than make you shiver: GOVERNOR CASEY'S TIMELY TRANSPLANT. I would not want to be in a hospital at the same time that a VIP needed my organs.
6 posted on 11/20/2012 12:52:51 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: HomeAtLast

The worst thing is how the doctors pressured the family do say yes to donating her organs. They were told if they said no they had to turn off the respirator very soon and let her go in peace. That she already was gone and the doctors even said that for her sake he hoped that the girl would not survive.
And they did turn of the respirator and pulled away the feeding tube and fluids to wait for her to die. But thankfully she recovered.


7 posted on 11/20/2012 1:01:56 PM PST by marthemaria
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To: marthemaria

I’m not dead yet.


8 posted on 11/20/2012 1:09:47 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: marthemaria

Her first words were,”You’ve got to be kidney-ing me!”.


9 posted on 11/20/2012 1:18:28 PM PST by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: Sherman Logan

like Monty Python ,they came for his liver even though he was still using it


10 posted on 11/20/2012 1:23:29 PM PST by molson209
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To: marthemaria

BTW, Is Joe Biden an organ donor?


11 posted on 11/20/2012 1:24:31 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Remember the Heroic SEALs of Benghazi and DEMAND a Full Accounting!!!!)
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To: marthemaria
Do not ever agree to donate your (or a loved one's) organs. Except for corneas, which can be taken from a cadaver, all other organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, etc.) must be taken from a living person. This means the're actually killing the "donor" by removing critical organs while the "donor" is still living. This "brain death" nonsense is simply an excuse to declare the the "donor" dead while his/her heart is still beating, lungs are still functioning, etc. The "lights out, nobody home" argument is a phony.

Whether a person in a coma can eventually recover is a separate question. But so long as the body is still functioning (heart, lungs, etc.), that person is alive, and removing a critical organ amounts to murder.

12 posted on 11/20/2012 1:26:16 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I read the headline and the article - I have no idea if organs were actually removed or not. Lousy reporting.


13 posted on 11/20/2012 1:30:15 PM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: HomeAtLast

And all the bureaucrats were satisfied that the paperwork was done.


14 posted on 11/20/2012 1:43:02 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Why is the government more concerned about protecting a microbe on Mars than an unborn baby here?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
And all the bureaucrats were satisfied that the paperwork was done.

In triplicate, all"i"s dotted, all "t"s crossed, signed, countersigned, and notarized...

the infowarrior

15 posted on 11/20/2012 1:47:33 PM PST by infowarrior
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To: wagglebee

Ping...


16 posted on 11/20/2012 2:07:53 PM PST by TheSarce (Reject Socialism. Champion Liberty.)
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To: marthemaria

If, after they had pulled the plug and the patient didn’t die, the doctors killed her to get the organs, people would be horrified. That is, however, 0’s position on abortion.


17 posted on 11/20/2012 2:23:51 PM PST by Darth Reardon
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To: JoeFromSidney

Not even corneas. Don’t open the door.


18 posted on 11/20/2012 2:34:39 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: JoeFromSidney

At least a single kidney or partial liver can come from a living donor.

I do wonder how many people who oppose organ donation because it kills the donor would have the principles or the courage to refuse to accept an organ?

Could I? Maybe.

Could I refuse for my children, or ask them to stand up for principle and die?


19 posted on 11/20/2012 2:51:41 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Darth Reardon

“If, after they had pulled the plug and the patient didn’t die, the doctors killed her to get the organs, people would be horrified.”

No, I doubt that, because that is exactly what they do in every case of organ donation, and people don’t seem to be horrified so far.


20 posted on 11/20/2012 2:59:48 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: heartwood
Some good questions, about whether you could stick to your principles and not accept an organ whose "donor" was killed to get it. My first wife (God rest her soul) died of kidney failure. However, she wasn't a candidate for a transplant because the doctors were afraid that the immune suppressants would make her cancer come back. My daughter-in-law has lung problems, but is not a candidate for a transplant because she's diabetic. Thus far, anyway, I've not had to face the problem.
21 posted on 11/20/2012 3:11:24 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
BTW, Is Joe Biden an organ donor?

I think he's a surviving brain donor.

22 posted on 11/20/2012 3:13:09 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: marthemaria

I guess I can be thankful that, at my age, none of my vital organs look valuable to anyone.

Of course, the downside is that when I become frail, the Dear Leader’s Death Panel will have me euthanized.


23 posted on 11/20/2012 3:16:39 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: marthemaria

It could have went like this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grbSQ6O6kbs


24 posted on 11/20/2012 3:27:43 PM PST by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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