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The truth behind
organ donation
& transplants

The truth behind organ donation & transplants


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… The truth behind organ donation & organ transplants

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ORGAN
DONATION

Dr David W Evans

Dr David W Evans , Retired Consultant in Cardiology, says: “Human organ transplantation is Wrong because it necessitates the abuse of the dying or harming the healthy. Doctors should not be involved in such things… I don’t know how any doctor can operate on his patient not for his good but knowingly to do him harm.” [more]

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ORGAN
DONATION

Dr David J Hill

Dr David J Hill , Retired consultant anaesthetist, says: “The Diagnosis of Death for Transplant Purposes has no international consensus and in the UK… depends upon testing only a few cubic centimetres of tissue in the brainstem for loss of function… Live organs can only come from living bodies. ” [more]

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ORGAN
DONATION

Dr Paul A Byrne

Dr Paul A Byrne , neonatalogist and pediatrician, says: “In order to be suitable for transplant, (heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and pancreas) need to be removed from the donor before respiration and circulation cease. Otherwise, these organs are not suitable, since damage to the organs occurs within a brief time after circulation of blood with oxygen stops.” [more]

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ORGAN
DONATION

Dr John B Shea

Dr John B Shea , retired diagnostic radiologist & Fellow of Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, says: “Many physicians have serious and well-considered concerns about morality of human organ transplantation … the general public has not been properly informed about what really happens when organs are retrieved.” [more]

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ORGAN
DONATION

Bereaved mother

Bereaved mother (Bernice Jones) says: “ Brain death is not death” and “organ donation is very deceptive”. “Families are led to believe that their loved ones are dead, but in fact they are alive. You must be alive to be a vital organ donor.” [more]

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ORGAN
DONATION

Nurse Ellen B Linde

Nurse Ellen B Linde , senior graduate teaching assistant, University of Scranton, says: “Some, believing that removing vital organs is what kills the patient, view organ donation… as an act of killing… not all nurses are comfortable with a value system driven primarily by the needs of transplant recipients rather than by the needs of the potential donor.” [more]

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ORGAN
DONATION

Earl E. Appleby Jr

Earl E. Appleby Jr , Director, Citizens United Resisting Euthanasia, says: “Anyone unwise enough to have signed an organ donor card also has legitimate cause for concern. Would you trust a doctor who regards your body “not as an organism in need of healing but as a container of biological useful materials” … That’s exactly what organ donors do. ” [more]

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ORGAN
DONATION

Michael Potts

Michael Potts , medical ethicist, says: “Any action that directly causes the death of a patient, even if it is for the good of others, opposes the goal of medicine not to harm that individual patient… It is precisely whether transplantation kills the donor that is the key issue that cuts to the heart of the goals of medicine.” [more]

Sober, Precise Language

from Dr David W Evans

The paper titled “Role of short latency potentials in the diagnosis of brain death” by Facco E, Munari M, Gallo F, Volpin SM, Behr AU, Baratto F & Giron GP, and published in Clinical Neurophysiology (2002) 113; 1855-66, offers irrefutable, genuinely scientific, evidence in support of the contention that the tests of brain stem function in general use for the diagnosis of “brain stem death” (or that element of “brain death”) lack the power to exclude remaining function in the brain stem.

The authors stress the necessity of certainty in the diagnosis of ‘BD’ (as a basis for the diagnosis and certification of human death) and report that 3 patients diagnosed ‘BD’ on the current Italian criteria - meeting “all EEG and clinical criteria of whole brain death” - still had detectable brain stem activity when more rigorously tested. As they say, “they were not yet dead”.

Since the tests of brain stem function listed as required in satisfaction of the Italian criteria (including the now-admittedly dangerous apnoea test) appear to be the same as those prescribed in the UK Code of Practice for the diagnosis of “brain stem death” (or “death for transplant purposes”), it can no longer be maintained that those simple bedside tests suffice for the certain diagnosis of death of the brain stem. That being so, arguments about the role of the brain stem in the generation of consciousness are seen as irrelevant.

David W. Evans