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The truth behind
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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]

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Vatican call to reconsider brain death

News & Quotes

Lawsuit Against Donor Network Alleges Organs Taken From Living Patients     [SHRINK]

NEW YORK, Sept 26, 2012 - A whistleblower has filed a lawsuit against The New York Organ Donor Network, claiming that they pressured hospital staffers to declare patients ‘brain dead’ so their body parts could be harvested while they are still alive. He says one in five patients is showing signs of brain activity when surgeons declare them dead and start hacking out their body parts.

“They’re playing God,” said plaintiff Patrick McMahon, 50, an Air Force combat veteran and nurse practitioner who claims he was fired as a transplant coordinator after just four months for protesting the practice.

He said that the donor network makes“millions and millions” from selling the organs they obtain to hospitals and to insurance companies for transplants.“Hearts, lungs, kidneys, joints, bones, skin graphs, intestines, valves, eyes -- it’s all big money,” he said.

Whistleblower Patrick McMahon courtesy of Google

McMahon added that financially strained hospitals are easily influenced to declare a patient ‘brain dead’ because they’re keen to free up bed space.

The suit says that, in September 2011, a 19-year-old man injured in a car wreck was admitted to Nassau University Medical Center. He was still trying to breathe and showed signs of brain activity, the suit charged.

But doctors declared him ‘brain dead’ under pressure from donor-network officials, including Director Michael Goldstein, who allegedly said during a conference call: “This kid is dead, you got that?” the suit charged.

McMahon believed that the 19-year-old man could have recovered, saying to the New York Post: “I have been in Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan in combat. I worked on massive brain injuries, trauma, gunshot wounds, IEDs. I have seen worse cases than this and the victims recover.”

The lawsuit cites three other examples of patients who were still clinging to life when doctors made an official declaration that they were ‘brain dead’, so that a transplant can take place.

The suit says that, in September 2011 a woman was admitted to St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx still showing signs of life. She had a kidney transplant earlier in life and network officials used that to pressure her daughter into giving consent. McMahon objected that the woman was still alive, but this was ignored by a neurologist, who declared her ‘brain dead’ — and her organs were harvested.

Nassau University Medical Center courtesy of MailOnline

The suit says that, in October 2011, a man was admitted to Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, again showing brain activity. McMahon protested but was blown off by hospital and donor network staff, and the man was declared ‘brain dead’ and his organs harvested.

The suit says that, in November 2011, a woman admitted to Staten Island University Hospital after a drug overdose was declared ‘brain dead’ and her organs were about to be harvested when McMahon noticed that she was being given “a paralyzing anesthetic” because her body was still jerking. “She was having brain function when they were cutting into her on the table,” McMahon told MailOnline. “He had given her a paralyser and there’s no reason to give someone who is dead a paralyser.”

He said he confronted the person who gave it to her and he was speechless. “Finally he said he was told to do it because while they were cutting her chest open she was moving her chest around. And a paralyser only paralyses you, it does nothing for the pain,” he said.

McMahon says that staff members who collect the most organs get a Christmas bonus at the end of the year.


Sources:

New York Post article by JAMIE SCHRAM Police Bureau Chief: Sept 26, 2012: “Organs taken from patients that doctors were pressured to declare brain dead: suit” : viewed Sept 27, 2012 at: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/organ_ghouls_of_doom_suit_LxCZMP5uRGgI6yn3ywMN9J

Daily Mail article by DAILY MAIL REPORTER: Sept 27, 2012: “‘This kid is dead, you got that?’ Donor network ‘pressured medics to declare patients dead so organs can be harvested’” : viewed Sept 27, 2012 at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2208896/Patrick-McMahon-lawsuit-Donor-network-pressured-medics-declare-patients-dead-organs-harvested.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

New York Daily News article by BARBARA ROSS: Sept 26, 2012: “Suit: Hospitals taking organs from living ”: viewed Sept 27, 2012 at: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/suit-hospitals-organs-living-article-1.1168467

(NB: my emphasis in certain paragraphs)


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