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Legal battle over organ donors' final wishes in the NW of the United States

Legal battle over organ donors' final wishes in the NW of the United States | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Recently in the United States a hospital sought resolution of a dispute between the known wishes of a potential organ donor and his family members.

 

As outlined in the article, the young man was declared brain dead as the result of fatal head injuries that he sustained in an automobile accident. It appears that during life, the man had declared his intent to be an organ donor when registering for his drivers license.

 

When family members were approached for authorization for the organ donation process to proceed they refused. At that point the hospital concerned took the matter to court.

 

The organ donation surgery then proceeded, two days following the court hearing. 

 

In this case the court has upheld the principle of 'first person authorization' which has been the subject of a previous post on this site-

 

http://sco.lt/6IC1dh

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

Their are some inaccuracies in the online report. First organ retrieval surgery is not performed prior to death. Second the term 'harvest' is no longer deemed an appropriate descriptor of the surgical organ recovery process.

 

The case does bring home the importance of family members all being aware of their loved ones wishes when it comes to organ donation.

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Chief Medical Officer appointed to a US OPO

Chief Medical Officer appointed to a US OPO | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This last week one of the US Organ Procurement Organization's announced that it had appointed a physician to a top medical post

Following a successful initiative to improve the viability of donated organs, Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) named Dr Marklin as its new CMO.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Part of an evolving trend to have physicians involved in OPO operations in light of the specialized nature of many of the aspects of organ donor assessment and management

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