The truth behind
organ donation &
organ transplants


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… The truth behind organ donation & organ transplants

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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]

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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]

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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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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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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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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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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]

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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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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]

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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