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-