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The truth behind organ donation & transplants


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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
NOT
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]

WAS
NOT
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]

WAS
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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]

WAS
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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]

WAS
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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
NOT
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]

WAS
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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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Shock: experts say death of donor not required

No ‘moral certainty’ on brain death

Jewish authority rejects brain death

Miniature human livers grown in laboratory

Card protects from ‘presumed consent’

Vegetative brains show some awareness

Donors not dead when organs removed

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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