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  • Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People’s Organs Without Explicit Consent

    09/04/2009 4:15:09 AM PDT · by Man50D · 105 replies · 2,375+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 04, 2009 | Matt Cover
    Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would “presume” someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken. Under such a policy, hospitals would harvest organs from people who never gave permission for this to be done. Outlined in the 2008 book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” Sunstein and co-author Richard H. Thaler argued that the...
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    “Potentially unethical.” That’s how one expert described an Italian scientist’s plan to perform a “head transplant” by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‘recipient’ head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is “POTENTIALLY unethical?” Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only “potentially” unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it’s possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person’s head onto another person’s spine. The...
  • Thinking He Was Brain Dead Family Was Set to Give Away His Organs, Then He Held Up Two Fingers

    05/16/2014 2:04:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Life News ^ | May 16, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews has repeatedly profiled cases where doctors may too quickly began cutting up patients who are not really dead to begin harvesting their organs for donations.These kinds of cases have happened before, as supposedly “brain dead” patients have come back to life just before having their vital organs taken from them after prematurely being declared dead. Although there is nothing morally wrong with organ donations — in fact, it’s arguably a very pro-life action to take — these kinds of stories ought to remind organ donors (and any patient and their family) that doctors are too quickly declaring patients dead...
  • Beware: Killing for Organs, Taking Organs From Living People

    04/14/2013 6:28:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | Wesley J. Smith
    I have been warning for several years that many in bioethics and the organ transplant community hope to legalize killing for organs, that is, taking organs from the living. The latest example comes in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics by Canadian philosophy professor (of course!) Walter Glannon. It’s a long article and I don’t have space here to deal with every aspect. But a few points: First, he claims that all decisions about organ donation and the treatment of patients are kept strictly segregated. From, “The Moral Insignificance of Death in Organ Donation:” All transplant policies and protocols require...
  • Critical organ donation warnings and guidance in new pamphlet: “Do not do an Apnea test!”

    04/27/2012 4:08:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/26/12 | Steve Jalsevac
    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...
  • Doctor disputes common acceptance of ‘brain death’

    11/22/2012 8:17:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 26 replies
    The Catholic Free Press ^ | 11.15.12 | Patricia O’Connell
    Organ transplants are big business and patients are often declared “brain dead” in order to harvest their organs, neonatologist Dr. Paul A. Bryne said during a talk last Sunday at the Knights of Columbus hall. The event was sponsored by the St. John the Baptist Pro-Life League of Saint Benedict Center in Still River. Dr. Byrne, past president of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), has directed the neonatology and pediatrics departments at Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He is president of Life Guardian Foundation, a pro-life organization based in Vancouver, Washington. He has appeared on television’s “Good Morning America”...
  • Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donor’s recovery

    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...
  • Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs...

    04/26/2012 6:52:49 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 102 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    ...boy recovers completely 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.
  • Bill to Allow Organ Farming from Unconscious Patients!

    02/24/2012 4:10:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    First Things ^ | February 23, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
    Good grief! A Maryland state legislator has filed a bill that would allow surrogate decision makers to “donate” kidneys and liver lobes. From HB 449: THIS SUBSECTION APPLIES ONLY TO A PATIENT WHO HAS BEEN CERTIFIED UNDER § 5–606(B) OF THIS SUBTITLE TO BE IN A PERSISTENT 8 VEGETATIVE STATE. (3) A PERSON AUTHORIZED TO MAKE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS FOR ANOTHER UNDER THIS SECTION MAY AUTHORIZE THE DONATION OF A NONVITAL ORGAN IF THE DONATION IS BASED ON: (I) THE WISHES OF THE PATIENT AS PREVIOUSLY EXPRESSED BY THE PATIENT; OR (II) A DETERMINATION BY THE SURROGATE THAT THE DONATION...
  • Presumed consent organ donation to be Welsh law by 2015

    11/06/2011 5:48:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/6/11
    The Welsh government says it plans to have a new law in place for presumed consent of organ donation by 2015. The legislation would require people to opt out of donating their organs when they die, rather than opting in by signing the donor register. A White Paper setting out a timetable is set to be published this week. Opponents say they do not believe it will work and it will hit trust in the system but supporters claim it will save more lives. The Welsh government has told the BBC Wales Politics Show that it is planning a system...
  • No ‘moral certainty’ that brain death is really death: prominent Catholic ethics professor Brugger

    02/05/2011 1:38:29 PM PST · by wagglebee · 30 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/4/11 | Hilary White
    ROME February 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A prominent American professor of Catholic medical ethics has said that in “brain death” criteria there is no “moral certitude” that a patient is really dead, a condition laid out by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI as necessary for removing organs. The available evidence, he said, “raises a reasonable doubt that excludes ‘moral certitude’ that ventilator-sustained brain dead bodies are corpses.” Professor E. Christian Brugger, a Senior Fellow of Ethics at the Culture of Life Foundation gave this judgment in a question and answer article published today by the Rome-based news...
  • Organ Wagons To Make House Calls

    12/04/2010 9:44:18 AM PST · by traumer · 84 replies
    It might sound a little disturbing to some people but a new pilot program will attempt to recover kidneys from people who die at home in Manhattan. A team of organ specialists will have about 20-minutes after a cardiac-arrest patient is declared dead to arrive at the home, check a donor registry, determine medical eligibility, obtain a family member's consent and get the person into a specialized ambulance. A special team will monitor 9-1-1 calls about people in danger of dying and they will travel directly to a person's home without being summoned. The program is being launched Wednesday. It...
  • Many outraged as accused murderer gets liver transplant (Guy drank rat poison, OUTRAGEOUS!)

    08/07/2010 5:48:47 PM PDT · by Dengar01 · 15 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7/26/10 | By Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
    Johnny Concepcion, a 42-year-old man accused of stabbing his wife to death, just received a liver transplant at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Now many are wondering how an accused killer could jump to the top of a long list of those needing transplants. Concepcion has reportedly confessed to friends and relatives that he killed his wife, Jordania Sarita. Earlier this month, police found the 36-year-old woman stabbed at least 15 times in the home she had shared with her husband and their three children for 18 years. The two had recently separated. After the murder, Concepcion...
  • Re-thinking-organ-donation.

    ...lately, I have discovered that I, like the public at large, have been completely misinformed as to what really goes on when organs are donated.
  • NY lawmaker wants presumed organ donation consent (must Opt-Out)

    04/27/2010 7:00:17 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 52 replies · 1,069+ views
    AP ^ | 4-2-2010 | AP
    By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press Writer ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York assemblyman whose daughter is alive because of two kidney transplants wants his state to become the first in the nation to pass laws that would presume people want to donate their organs unless they specifically say otherwise. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky believes the "presumed consent" measures would help combat a rising demand for healthy organs by patients forced to wait a year or more for transplants. Twenty-four European countries already have such laws in place, he said. If he succeeds, distraught families would no longer be able to...
  • Organs 'Removed For Transplant Without Consent' [Wishes of 800,000 "Wrongly Recorded"]

    04/10/2010 6:35:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 557+ views
    BBCNews ^ | April 10th 2010
    Organs 'Removed For Transplant Without Consent' It is illegal to take organs without consent. Organs may have been removed from deceased people without their consent after a data-handling error by the NHS. The blunder meant 800,000 people on the UK donor register had their wishes about the use of organs for transplant after death wrongly recorded. The Sunday Telegraph reported that 45 of them have now died - and 20 families let organs of relatives be taken based on incorrectly stored information. NHS Blood and Transplant said it was urgently investigating. Many donors give consent for some organs to be...
  • Organs for Sale?

    09/11/2009 8:48:13 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 11, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Organs for Sale? by: Brittany Fortier, September 11, 2009 For those in need of a kidney transplant, it can be a difficult journey to find a willing donor. Circumstances have become so desperate for those waiting for a posthumous kidney that they sometimes resort to advertising their need on billboards and websites. Even worse, some may turn to the black market. On August 24, 2009, the American Enterprise Institute discussed these issues with Dr. Sally Satel, a resident scholar at AEI and beneficiary of a kidney transplant. Satel argued that the best way to procure more organ donations is to...
  • Obama's Czar Cass Sunstein Wants Your Organs Used Without Consent

    09/04/2009 7:19:27 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 630+ views
    CNSNEWS/the lid ^ | 9/4/09 | The Lid
    Cass Sunstein is another of member of President Obama's administration. His nomination to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has been stuck in committee since June because of his extreme ideas. Sunstein is an advocate of something called libertarian paternalism, which means give people the choice to make their own decisions, but instead of just laying out the facts, control the number of choices, then use knowledge of behavioral sciences (like psychology) to guide them to do what you want. In other words treat the voters the way you treat young children. Sunsteins most famous "different" position...
  • Kidney Donor Cries Foul when Recipient Ditches Christianity

    07/01/2009 9:54:20 PM PDT · by This Just In · 56 replies · 1,412+ views
    LarkNews ^ | July 1, 2009 | LarkNews
    Kidney donor cries foul when recipient ditches Christianity TUPELO — Aleta Smith, who donated her kidney to a 20-year-old college student last year, wants it back now that the student has changed religions. Smith, a self-described "on-fire Christian," gave her kidney to Hannah Felks, a Lutheran and regular Christian camp counselor, last year after seeing Felks on the local news. "She was going to die unless she got a kidney," Smith says, sitting on the porch at her home. "They portrayed her as this nice Christian girl who works with kids. I saw it as a great opportunity to help...
  • Donor organ 'personality' worry

    06/08/2009 10:19:49 AM PDT · by Badabing Badablonde · 11 replies · 477+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/5/09
    Most people have a strong aversion to the idea of receiving a donor organ from a killer, a study suggests. Those questioned said they would be far happier receiving a transplant from someone with a good moral background, the Cheltenham Science Festival heard. It follows on from research which found one in three organ transplant patients believe they have taken on some aspects of the donor's personality. < snip > They were shown pictures of strangers and asked to rate how happy they would be to receive an organ from them. The students were then shown the photos a second...
  • DA found no crime in Pa. hospital organ harvesting

    03/09/2009 11:05:06 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 43 replies · 26,746+ views
    A district attorney says no crimes were committed by officials at a northwestern Pennsylvania hospital when organs were harvested from an 18-year-old Ohio man who suffered a head injury while snowboarding. Erie County District Attorney Brad Foulk says Friday his review of the medical files shows the hospital followed proper procedures in declaring Gregory Jacobs dead and getting permission to take his organs in March 2007.
  • Donate a kidney; you'll feel good and be just as healthy

    01/28/2009 9:24:45 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies · 1,037+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 1/28/09 | JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY
    People who donate a kidney live just as long and are just as healthy as those with two kidneys, according to a new study by University of Minnesota researchers that is the largest ever done on the long-term health consequences of donation. The study provides reassurance about the safety of kidney donation that could encourage more organ donations at a time when the need for such transplants is on the rise. Today there are 78,000 people on the kidney transplant list, and most will not survive the five- to seven-year wait for a kidney from a deceased donor. "I'm hoping...
  • Wait-Listed to Death - Improving incentives for organ donations.

    12/17/2008 9:17:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 448+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 17, 2008 | Masthead Editorial
    The United States recently passed a tragic milestone. For the first time, there are more than 100,000 Americans waiting for an organ transplant. If recent history is any guide, more than 6,000 of them will die waiting this year. The outrage is that the federal government makes it extremely difficult to find a donor. A law to prevent the buying and selling of organs has had the unintended consequence of discouraging almost all incentives to donate, including state tax deductions. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) is trying to convince his Senate colleagues to pass a life-saving rewrite. It wasn't supposed to...
  • Boy's generosity lives on

    12/06/2008 5:37:11 PM PST · by Islander7 · 17 replies · 1,085+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | Dec 6, 2008 | By MICHAEL NEWSOM
    GULFPORT -- With what she says was inspiration from above, Deborah King made her decision when it was clear her 11-year-old son wasn't going to survive the illness that hit him Saturday. King donated her son Cameron Emanuel King's organs, knowing it was what the child, remembered by friends for his generosity, would want. And the move has given hope to other families waiting for organs for their seriously ill children, which Cameron's survivors said comforts them. "The Lord just laid it on my heart," King said. "He was a healthy little boy and he said he always wanted...
  • First Trial against an American Surgeon for Killing a Patient to Harvest Organs Begins

    11/06/2008 4:07:31 PM PST · by wagglebee · 35 replies · 1,284+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/6/08 | Jonquil Frankham
    CALIFORNIA, November 6, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A San Francisco surgeon is undergoing trial for allegedly hastening the death of a terminally ill patient to harvest his vital organs. The case against Hootan Roozrokh is believed to be the first of its kind brought against an American transplant surgeon.Rosa Navarro, the patient’s mother, successfully filed suit against the hospital where the patient died and received $250,000 in compensation. Now the District Attorney’s office is pressing charges against the 34-year-old surgeon for “dependent adult abuse, administering a harmful substance and prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose.”Roozrokh is also being charged...
  • Shock: Oxford Neonatologist Says Time Has Come to Consider “Mandatory Organ Donation”

    10/24/2008 8:49:43 PM PDT · by MountainLoop · 51 replies · 1,114+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | October 24, 2008 | Kathleen Gilbert
    OXFORD, UK, October 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - According to Dr. Julian Savulescu, the Uehiro Chair of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, and neonatologist and Oxford graduate student Dominic Wilkinson, bold steps may have to be taken to increase the supply of organs for transplant. This, they say in a co-authored article published today, could be accomplished by removing one simple impediment - the requirement of donor "death." In a separate article, published last week, Wilkinson suggested an even more radical plan – mandatory organ donation. "We could abandon the dead donor rule," wrote the pair in today’s article,...
  • Melbourne Doctor: Most Donors Still Alive when Organs are Removed

    10/21/2008 3:48:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies · 1,284+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/21/08 | Kathleen Gilbert
    MELBOURNE, Australia, October 21, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A prominent Melbourne doctor has written that, contrary to popular belief, most organ donations take place before the donor is actually dead.  He argues that the vague criterion of "brain death" has blinded potential donors to the fact that their organs are often harvested while they are still alive.Pediatric intensive care specialist Dr. James Tibballs published his controversial views in the Journal of Law and Medicine earlier this month, calling upon medical institutions to review their organ harvesting guidelines to ensure that donors know that they may be volunteering to surrender their life...
  • Killing for Organs: How the Extinction of the Dead Donor Rule is Putting Patients at Risk

    09/04/2008 4:59:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 183+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/4/08 | Wesley J. Smith
    LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a leading monitor of bioethics issues such as assisted suicide, euthanasia and human cloning. File this in the “As If We Don't Already Have Enough to Worry About” file: Leading members of the organ transplantation community—backed by some bioethicists—have been waging a quiet campaign for more than ten years to do away with the “dead donor rule,” a crucial ethical protection that requires donors of non paired vital organs to have died before their...
  • Vatican Newspaper: Brain Death and thus Organ Donation Must be Reconsidered

    09/03/2008 3:53:36 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 125+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/3/08 | John-Henry Westen
    VATICAN, September 3, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Only a few weeks after a prominent article appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine noting that 'brain death' does not constitute true death, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has carried a front-page article noting that a declaration of 'brain death' cannot be considered the end of life in light of new scientific research. Such a determination would prohibit single vital organ donation, such as heart transplants, for Catholics or Catholic institutions, since Catholic teaching requires such organ donors to be truly dead.  If potential donors cannot be said with certainty to be...
  • New England Journal of Medicine: 'Brain Death' is not Death - Organ Donors are Alive

    08/15/2008 5:32:34 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 55 replies · 127+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/14/08 | John-Henry Westen
    BOSTON, August 14, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an article that is sure to rock the world of organ donation, the highly respected New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has backed up the objections of various pro-life groups, as well as some scientists and physicians, to certain types of organ donation which involve the removal of vital organs from patients believed to be dead. The problem, say the authors of the NEJM article, is that in many cases these patients may not be dead at all.  Key experts in the medical field have, since its inception, considered the 1968 invention of...
  • Infant Heart Transplant Controversy Continues

    08/14/2008 4:44:43 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 270+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/13/08 | Serena Gordon/Health Day
    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Three new reports challenge current guidelines on how long after cardiac death doctors must wait before taking a heart from an infant organ donor. There's no question that organ donation saves lives, and there's also no question that there aren't enough donor organs to save everyone on the transplant list. However, deciding who is a suitable organ donor, particularly when the potential donor is an infant, is not so clear-cut. Most people are familiar with the concept of organ donation after brain death, but organ donation is also permissible after cardiac death. Cardiac death...
  • 'Body Worlds' exhibit inspires body donors [plastinating cheaper than funeral, and people see you]

    06/09/2008 4:46:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 91+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 6-9-08 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    South Los Angeles resident Erlyne Toney-Alvarez, 67, had always planned to be cremated when she died. Simple. Inexpensive. Graves, she said, are a waste of land occupied by the dead. Then she saw the intricately plastinated bodies at the Body Worlds exhibit at the California Science Center -- bodies that had been stripped of their fat, filled with plastics and shown off in all their muscular, organic and anatomical glory for the world to see in traveling shows. Now that, she thought, is the way she wants to go. "I was so excited," she said of seeing the exhibit with...
  • The Dead Raised again! Woman Suddenly Comes Back to Life, Doctors Call it a "Medical Miracle"

    05/28/2008 3:32:49 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 57 replies · 633+ views
    BCN ^ | May 23, 2008 | Aimee Herd
    By the time she was found, her body had become stiff with rigor mortus. (Charleston, West Virginia)—According to the AP report, West Virginia resident, Val Thomas' heart stopped last Saturday morning, and by the time she was found, her body had become stiff with rigor mortus. (Photo: AP)Paramedics were able to revive her, but only after an estimated 15 minutes without oxygen or a pulse—she was rushed to an area hospital. During procedures to lower her body temperature, Val's heart stopped two more times.The Thomas family was told by doctors that Val had only a 10 percent chance of...
  • True Brotherhood: Marine Donates Kidney to Fellow Marine (Video available)

    05/23/2008 9:28:34 PM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 162+ views
    Fox News / Newsday ^ | May 23, 2008 | Karlie Pouliot
    (edit)Kelly, 61, who is also a retired Marine sergeant, was immediately tested to see if he was a match, and as luck would have it, he was.“It was really admirable to see these two men who had defied fear in battle and situations of severe adversity to come together,” Molmenti told FOXNews.com. “Now they’re fighting the biggest fight of their whole lives and they're helping each other with this precious gift.” (edit)
  • Teen Organ Donor's Gift Turns Tragic

    04/03/2008 11:20:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies · 354+ views
    www.cbsnews.com ^ | 04/03/2008 | Staff
    (CBS) Fifteen-year-old Alex Koehne died suddenly last year from what doctors thought was Meningitis. "He said, 'Mommy, am I going to die?', and I said, 'No baby, they're going to make you all better,' his mother, Lisa Koehne remembers. CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports his devastated parents took some solace in knowing that his death would give others new life. His mother says organ donation is very important to the family. "Alex always knew what he wanted." Alex's liver went to a 52-year-old man. His pancreas to a 36-year-old woman. His kidneys went to two different men, one 46...
  • Fellow Marine's Heart Saves Another in Transplant

    03/21/2008 7:51:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 270+ views
    FOX/AP ^ | March 21, 2008
    ROCKFORD, Ill. — The heart transplant that saved Brian Troy was made possible by a fellow Marine. Troy, 43, of Rockford, served as a Marine in the 1980s. He was dying of an inherited heart condition in 2006 when he received a new heart in a transplant. The donor was 23. Troy didn't know much more than that. Then Troy saw headlines about the murder of a 23-year-old Marine. He read about how Ricky Martinez survived two tours in Iraq, but he was shot to death in Chicago in a case of mistaken identity. The gunman thought a passenger in...
  • New kidney 'changed my whole personality'

    03/17/2008 8:48:13 AM PDT · by BGHater · 60 replies · 2,046+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 16 Mar 2008 | Telegraph
    A woman claims to have undergone a complete "personality transplant" after receiving a new kidney. Cheryl Johnson, 37, says she has changed completely since receiving the organ in May. She believes that she must have picked up her new characteristics from the donor, a 59-year-old man who died from an aneurysm. Now, not only has her personality changed, the single mother also claims that her tastes in literature have taken a dramatic turn. Whereas she only used to read low-brow novels, Dostoevsky has become her author of choice since the transplant. Miss Johnson, from Penwortham, in Preston, Lancs, said: "You...
  • Bill would require NJ drivers to make organ donation choice

    02/14/2008 9:00:14 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 86 replies · 246+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | February 14, 2008 | Susan K. Livio
    New Jersey would become the first state in the country to require people renewing or obtaining a driver's license to decide whether they are willing to become registered organ donors under a bill a Senate committee approved today. The "New Jersey Hero Act" (S755) also would make New Jersey the first state to require high school health classes to teach the importance of organ donation. The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee unanimously approved the bill over the objections of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. MVC Chief of Staff Denise Coyle said neither the commission's 30-year-old computer...
  • Economists Dissect the ‘Yuck’ Factor

    01/31/2008 10:03:20 AM PST · by mngran2 · 3 replies · 45+ views
    The New York TImes ^ | 1/31/08 | Patricia Cohen
    You can kill a horse to make pet food in California, but not to feed a person. You can hoist a woman over your shoulder while running a 253-meter obstacle course in the Wife-Carrying World Championship in Finland, but you can’t hold a dwarf-tossing contest in France. You can donate a kidney to prevent a death and be hailed as a hero, but if you take any money for your life-saving offer in the United States, you’ll be jailed. These prohibitions are not imposed because of concerns about health or safety or unfair practices, some economists say, but because people...
  • Organ transplant made rejection-proof

    01/24/2008 12:03:26 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 6 replies · 120+ views
    AP via The Times of India ^ | 24 Jan 2008, 0011 hrs IST | AP
    LOS ANGELES: In what's being called a major advance in organ transplants, doctors say they have developed a technique that could free many patients from having to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. The treatment involved weakening the patient's immune system, then giving the recipient bone marrow from the person who donated the organ. In one experiment, four of five kidney recipients were off immune-suppressing medicines up to five years later. "There's reason to hope these patients will be off drugs for the rest of their lives," said Dr David Sachs of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston,...
  • Great Britain: Organs to be taken without consent (PM Brown favors "presumed consent" )

    01/12/2008 1:45:31 PM PST · by Stoat · 99 replies · 620+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | January 12, 2008 | Patrick Hennessy and Laura Donnelly
    Organs to be taken without consent By Patrick Hennessy and Laura Donnelly  Last Updated: 9:21pm GMT 12/01/2008     Gordon Brown has thrown his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to take organs from dead patients without explicit consent.   There are more than 8,000 patients waiting for an organ donation   Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister says that such a facility would save thousands of lives and that he hopes such a system can start this year. The proposals would mean consent for organ donation after death would be automatically presumed, unless individuals had opted...
  • Active Homosexuals and IV Drug Users Accepted by Transplant Groups for Organ Donation Despite Risk

    01/11/2008 5:23:36 PM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 69+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/10/08 | Hilary White
    OTTAWA, January 10, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Earlier this week, the federal government came under attack after the CBC reported that active homosexual men are barred from being organ donors because of the high risk of disease associated with homosexual activity. The Globe and Mail reported yesterday, however, that transplant groups denied that active homosexual men are barred from donating organs. "Several transplant organisations" told the Globe that the rules that came into effect in December only "formalize" existing procedures that screen organs for disease. Mark Meloche, head of the surgery section at the British Columbia Transplant Society said, "We will...
  • Family calls mistaken death of son 'a miracle'(Organ donation movement takes a hit)

    11/21/2007 9:47:38 AM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 139 replies · 839+ views
    AP ^ | 11/21/2007 3:54 AM | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- What may have been a mistake at a Texas hospital is being called a miracle by the parents of a Frederick man who was critically injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. For more than six hours on Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol classified Zack Dunlap as the state's 610th motor vehicle fatality of the year. Troopers removed Dunlap's name from the list the same day after learning he showed signs of life shortly before his organs were to be harvested for transplant. Dunlap was hurt about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday while riding his four-wheeler on a Tillman...
  • Transplant patient not told organ donor a homosexual

    11/16/2007 4:22:08 PM PST · by wagglebee · 102 replies · 343+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 11/16/07 | AP
    CHICAGO - A woman in her 30s who is one of the four organ transplant patients infected with HIV and hepatitis was not told that the infected donor was high risk, and had previously rejected another donor "because of his lifestyle," her attorney said. Attorney Thomas Demetrio filed a petition Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of the woman, asking officials to keep a hospital and an organ procurement center from destroying or altering any records involving the donation. "She's really a mess right now," Demetrio said of the Chicago-area woman. "She's still in shock." The patient, identified...
  • The Inconvenient Truth About Organ Donations

    09/22/2007 8:46:03 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 283+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | LifeSiteNews.com | Steve Jalsevac
    The Inconvenient Truth About Organ Donations Physician sounds alarm about unethical or at least highly questionable practices of organ transplant industry By Steve Jalsevac September 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - There has been growing concern over the past several years about increasingly aggressive measures undertaken to harvest human organs from dying patients. Dr. John Shea, a Toronto physician who has specialized in researching the issue, has just completed a report, Organ donation: The inconvenient truth, that sounds an alarm about the unethical or at least highly questionable practices of the organ transplant industry. The article is published in the September issue...
  • UK: NHS sends organs on coaches (Human organs for medical use sent on buses to save money)

    08/26/2007 7:10:53 PM PDT · by Stoat · 9 replies · 625+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | August 27, 2007 | EMMA MORTON
    EXCLUSIVE    NHS sends organs on coaches     By EMMA MORTONAugust 27, 2007   SKINT NHS bosses are using National Express coaches to transport organs for transplants.  And The Sun can reveal it meant an EYE went missing on its way to hospital.It was sent in a box on a coach and disappeared on the way to Northampton General.Hospitals should use private ambulances to carry the organs. But many have axed the contracts to save money.Delivery firm TNT was due to collect the eye — for a cornea transplant — from Northampton bus station where it had been taken...
  • Health Authorities to Define Legal Brain Death

    08/22/2007 5:27:19 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 9 replies · 846+ views
    China Daily ^ | August 22, 2007 | By Shan Juan
    The Ministry of Health is gearing up to introduce a nationwide definition of brain death to facilitate human organ transplants, said Vice-Minister Huang Jiefu. The authorities will start mapping out the criteria needed to define brain death in October. Huang made the remarks at the just concluded China Organ Transplant Forum in Beijing, which was organized to bring together experts to provide suggestions on how the legislation and standards governing organ transplants could be improved. "Determining the criteria is the key to our most important goal - producing legislation on brain death," Huang said. It is officially estimated that 2...
  • FEATURE - Keen Demand Fuels Global Trade in Body Parts

    08/06/2007 6:33:27 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 27 replies · 716+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2007 | By Tan Ee Lyn
    (HONG KONG)--Paul Lee got his liver from an executed Chinese prisoner; Karam in Egypt bought a kidney for his sister for $5,300; in Istanbul Hakan is holding out for $30,700 for one of his kidneys. They are not so unusual: a dire shortage of donated organs in rich countries is sending foreigners with end-stage illnesses to poorer places like China, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Colombia and the Philippines to buy a new lease of life. Lee, a 53-year-old chief subway technician in Hong Kong, was diagnosed with liver cancer in January 2005 but doctors denied him a transplant because they feared...
  • Mainland Media Unveils New Evidence of Organ Harvesting in China

    08/06/2007 7:59:36 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 9 replies · 368+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | Jul 26, 2007 | By Gao Feng
    Mainland China's well known media Southern Weekly , published a front page article titled "China Puts A Stop on 'Organ Transplant Tourism'" on July 19, 2007. The article reported on the recent restrictions imposed on organ transplants performed on foreigners by Chinese hospitals, and exposed the inside story behind these organ transplants in Mainland China, which are performed under the rule of the Communist Party. A Very Profitable Business Organ transplants skyrocketed after 1999 and hospitals reaped huge profits. The Southern Weekly mentioned that "liver transplants increased at a shocking rate: in 1999 only 24 liver transplants were performed; in...
  • Presumed consent for organ donation

    08/02/2007 12:14:04 PM PDT · by edcoil · 35 replies · 810+ views
    8-2-07 | edcoil
    Last November (2006) this discussion was on-going. Any news update? At a meeting today and tomorrow, the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation is expected to recommend that states adopt policies of "presumed consent" for organ donation. Dr. Peter Lawler declared that the very idea that people own their organs was an "offense [to] dignity." In other words, authorities could harvest organs from your dead body without prior permission from you or your family.