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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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A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On

A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A court was recently called to intervene after a California hospital pronounced a girl dead after complications from surgery, but her family insists that she is alive. The case has attracted both conventional media and social media discussion and comment as it has played out via repeated court proceedings and subsequent action.

 

For commentary via the New York Times click on the banner headline.

 

For an Intensive Care Unit nursing perspective on this case click on the following link posted via the Hastings Center-

http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Bioethicsforum/Post.aspx?id=6679&blogid=140

 

For commentary on the management of another case of a pregnant woman being cared for in a Texas hospital following also being declared brain dead click on the following link to a blog composed by a Paediatric Specialist-

http://www.carilionclinic.org/blogs/ackerman/another-side-brain-death?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferc8257&utm_medium=twitter

 

Finally for the update on the outcome of the legal battle waged by the realtives of the youn girl pronounced dead in a Califronia hospital click on the following link-

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/girl-declared-brain-dead-moved-hospital

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

The management of patients following a diagnosis of brain death continues to provide challenges within the United States.

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