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Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns

Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The National Post in Canada was recently invited to document one woman's altruistic living kidney donation — an act that still generates controversy and is even banned in some U.S. hospitals. In the process an exploration was undertaken to also explore some of the ethical issues around altruistic live organ donation which contribute to the reluctance of some transplant hospitals to offer this service.

 

Concerns over the safety and the long term well being of a live organ donor who is not related in any way to the transplant recipient have helped contribute to the high degree of caution around this process.

 

The live donor featured in this article is interviewed along with members of her surgical team as well as other health professionals with expertise in the assessment of live organ donors. The full text of this interesting article can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

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A well written article that will be of interest to anyone with an interest in live organ donation

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An About-Face on a Risky Transplant - New York Times

An About-Face on a Risky Transplant - New York Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An About-Face on a Risky Transplant. This report outlines in detail how medical professionals have now come to accept that face transplantation has a place in the management of patients who have sustained severe disfiguring facial trauma. It is accompanied by a series of detailed graphics which can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

When patient Richard Lee Norris, 37, received a full face transplant in 2012, years after a gun accident destroyed his chin, lips, teeth and nose. Doctors gave him a new jaw, teeth, tongue, skin and muscles.

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Progress is being made with the understanding of how face transplantation has a role in the management of selected patients

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