The truth behind
organ donation &
organ transplants


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… The truth behind organ donation & organ transplants

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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]

Not dead yet!

Steven Thorpe

Young man survives “brain death” and avoids “organ donation”.

17 year old Steven Thorpe of Warwickshire, UK, was declared “brain dead” by four doctors in Feb 2008, only to make an unexpected recovery and leave hospital seven weeks later. Today Steven is 21, greatly improved and studying Accountancy at college.

Four doctors thought Steven had no chance of survival and declared him “brain-dead” ...

... but Steven's father and mother would not give up on him!

His troubles began when he was a passenger in a vehicle that struck a runaway horse. One of his friends died in the accident, and Steven was rushed to hospital suffering severe injuries to his face, head and arm. Doctors at University Hospital, Coventry, placed Steven into a medically induced coma and performed a craniotomy to help alleviate any swelling on his brain. But the team of four physicians felt that there was no chance of Steven surviving and declared him “brain-dead”. They told his parents to take him off life support and “You need to start thinking about organ donations”.

But Steven's father and mother would not give up on him. They rejected suggestions that his life support be turned off, and insisted on getting another opinion from an independent GP and a neurosurgeon. These concluded that Steven was not “brain-dead”, as they detected some brain wave activity. Reluctantly, the hospital doctors agreed to bring him out of the chemically-induced coma to see if he could survive unaided. Two weeks later Steven Thorpe woke up. After another five weeks he left the hospital alive.

Steven told the BBC:

It's very worrying to think that...more than one specialist has written me off pretty much and I am lucky to be here really due to having a second opinion.” In the Daily Mail (UK) he added: “Hopefully it can help people to see that you should never give up.


(from “The boy who came back from the dead: Experts said car crash teen was beyond hope. His parents disagreed.” by Louise Eccles, Daily Mail, 24 April 2012. Viewed 26 April 2012 at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2134346/Steven-Thorpe-Teenager-declared-brain-dead-FOUR-doctors-makes-miracle-recovery.html )

(see also “Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs - boy recovers completely.” by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews, Apr 25, 2012. Viewed 26 April 2012 at: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dad-rescues-brain-dead-son-from-doctors-wishing-to-harvest-his-organs-boy-r )

Other article links:
Arizona Accident Victim Emerges From Coma After Being Poised to Donate Organs
‘Brain dead’ woman recovers after husband refuses to withdraw life support
Stroke victim's miracle survival
Oklahoma man who was declared dead says he feels ‘pretty good’

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