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… The truth behind organ donation & organ transplants

WAS
NOT
DEAD

Carina Melchior

Carina Melchior , a 19 year old student, suffered severe injuries after crashing her car. Doctors said she would soon be “brain dead” and convinced her family to consent to organ donation. But, as doctors gathered around her bed to prep her for organ donation, she suddenly opened her eyes and moved her legs. Now she is making a full recovery. [more]

WAS
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DEAD

Steven Thorpe

Steven Thorpe , 17 year old Warwickshire youth, was declared “brain dead” by four doctors, but his parents did not give up on him, and insisted on another opinion from an independent GP and a neurosurgeon. Steven made an unexpected recovery and left hospital alive seven weeks later. [more]

WAS
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DEAD

Zach Dunlap

Zach Dunlap , a 21 year old Oklahoma man, was “feeling pretty good” four months after he was diagnosed as “brain dead”. Ironically, Zach heard the doctors pronounce him dead, but was unable to do anything about it. A few days later, he revived and spoke to his family. [more]

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DEAD

Sam Schmid

Sam Schmid , a 21 year old Arizona college student, was critically wounded in a five-car accident. Surgeons thought he had no hope of recovery and broached organ donation with his family. Sam was poised to ‘donate’ his vital organs, when he suddenly emerged from a coma. He has since had rehabilitation and walks with the aid of a walker. [more]

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DEAD

Val Thomas

Val Thomas , 59 year old West Virginia woman, came back to life, after being clinically “brain dead” for 17 hours. Attempts to revive her after a heart attack had failed, and doctors diagnosed her as “brain dead”. Later “she moved her arm, coughed and asked for her son.” ... she was alive. [more]

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DEAD

Gloria Cruz

Gloria Cruz , 56 year old Northern Territory woman, was declared “brain dead” and expected to ‘die’ within 48 hours. A doctor, a social worker and a ‘patient advocate’ urged her husband to remove the ventilator and let her ‘die’. But he refused and 3 days later, Gloria revived, awoke from her coma and was getting around hospital in a wheelchair. [more]

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DEAD

Madeleine Gauron

Madeleine Gauron , a 76 year old Quebec woman, was diagnosed by medical staff as “brain dead”, with no hope of recovery. Doctors asked if the family would agree to organ donation, but the family asked for more medical tests. The next day, astonishingly, she awakened and sat up in bed and ate yogurt. [more]

WAS
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DEAD

Rae Kupferschmidt

Rae Kupferschmidt , 65 year old Minnesota woman, suffered a massive cerebral haemorrhage and doctors diagnosed her as “brain dead”. She was taken home to die and her family began making funeral arrangements. When Rae spontaneously sucked an ice cube offered by her daughter, she was found to be alive. She later walked. [more]

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DEAD

Suzanne Chin

Suzanne Chin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed into unconsciousness. Taken to hospital, she remained in a coma and the head of ICU, two neurologists & a cardiologist said she was brain-dead with no hope of recovery. But her husband refused to turn of her life support. 3 days later, Suzanne revived & is now well & very much ALIVE. [more]

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News & Quotes

Organ Donors May Be Legally Alive When Their Vital Organs Are Harvested: Medical Ethicist Says  [SHRINK]

MELBOURNE, Oct 31, 2012 - A respected Australian medical ethicist claims in a new book that patients in intensive care are being declared “brain dead” for organ donation purposes while they may still be legally alive. Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini’s book, “Transplantation, Biobanks and the Human Body”, was launched in October 2012 and claims that medical practice has moved ahead of the law, by accepting a lesser standard of “brain death” than the law provides. Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini Currently in Australia the law requires irreversible cessation of brain function as the criteria for determining so-called “brain death”, but medical practice is moving away from this legal definition to a more pliable definition, in which the crucial aspect is lack of consciousness.

This pliable definition is clearly intended to allow more organ harvesting from living patients: a vile practice that this website was setup to expose and campaign against. Professor Tonti-Filippini says that doctors are diagnosing “brain death” while there is still some mid-brain function. “They say ‘so what?’, because the person is not conscious” he told the Melbourne Age newpaper.

Mid-brain functions are believed to enable the brain to control certain bodily functions, such as hormone production and blood pressure. Professor Tonti-Filippini says that doctors need to test for blood flow to the brain, but most Victorian hospitals simply test for brain-stem function instead.

His claims are endorsed by leading Melbourne doctor, Professor James Tibballs, a Deputy Director of Intensive Care at Royal Children’s Hospital. He says the current ANZICS test for “brain death” is neither legal nor ethical, and that MOST donors cannot be proven to be truly dead when organs are removed!

Earlier, in 2008, Professor Tibballs called for a review of organ donation guidelines to ensure donors know that their organs can be taken when they are DYING and NOT YET DEAD.

“the current test for brain death in most Victorian hospitals is neither legal nor ethical, … MOST donors cannot be proven to be truly dead when their organs are removed

He said then that clinical guidelines commonly used to diagnose “brain death” could not prove irreversible cessation of brain function, and that the concept of “brain death” introduced into Australian law in 1977 was a “convenient fiction” that had allowed the development of organ transplantation.

Professor Tonti-Filippini told the Age that the new (unlawful) definition of “brain death”… “crept in gradually with no watershed moment” and now “people are being diagnosed as dead and their organs are being taken when… you’d say they were alive”. He said “We have moved from wanting to be absolutely certain that the person is dead to saying ‘This person is in such a state they might as well be dead’.”



“Brain death” is not death. Brain death is not based on data that would be considered valid for any other scientific purpose. -- (Paul A. Byrne MD, “Brain Death: Beyond the Slogan” for Vital Signs Ministries)

[Note: Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini is a medical ethicist & Associate Dean and Head of Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. He is terminally ill, due to renal failure & heart disease, and is dependent on dialysis and palliative care. He has refused to be wait-listed for a kidney because of concerns about the brain function test and “beating heart donation”.     Sadly we still seem to be sliding further down the slippery slope of the culture of death.

May God Almighty forgive us for violating His commandment: “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13 ESV).]


Sources:

Melbourne Age article by Barney Zwartz: Oct 31, 2012: “‘Brain-dead’ definition flawed, says ethicist” : viewed Nov 1, 2012 at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/braindead-definition-flawed-says-ethicist-20161030-28hlp.html

Melbourne Age article by Barney Zwartz: Oct 24, 2012: “Life could still be in organ donors declared dead, says ethicist” : viewed Nov 1, 2012 at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/life-could-still-be-in-organ-donors-declared-dead-says-ethicist-20161024-285cy.html

Sydney Morning Herald article by Barney Zwartz: Oct 31, 2012: “The deadly dilemma” : viewed Nov 1, 2012 at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-religious-write/the-deadly-dilemma-20161030-28i7o.html

(NB: my emphasis in certain paragraphs)


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