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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
NOT
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
NOT
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
NOT
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
NOT
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
NOT
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]

Was Not Dead!

Terry Wallis - 19 years in a coma

A car accident victim who spent 19 years in a coma finally spoke to his mother and began to make an amazing recovery. Terry Wallis, a young husband and parent, suffered severe injuries in a car accident in 1984, which sheared the nerve connections to his brain, and left him in a “minimally conscious state” or coma. Terry Wallis alive and talking He was also made a quadriplegic by these injuries. His case was considered “hopeless” and potential treatment too expensive for his family.

But his parents refused to give up on him and his mother made regular visits during his rehabilitation in Arkansas. After 19 years he finally mouthed the word "Mom" to her.

The Journal of Clinical Investigation has published research on Terry’s case, which shows that his brain “grew new tiny nerve connections over time, creating a new nerve network to replace the old one that was severely damaged”. Doctors at the Rehabilitiation Centre in Mountain View, Arkansas, believe that his recovery was aided by the “mental therapy” of regular visits and outings with his family. He tells his family that he is glad to be alive.

As the author, Peter J. Smith points out, this case calls into question the readiness of doctors to write people off because of severe brain injuries or supposed “brain death”. It clearly demonstrates that patients can recuperate from severe brain injuries, if they receive suitable care and treatment.


(Based on the story of Terry Wallis in “Coma Recovery After 19 Years Poses Questions About Terri Schiavo” by Peter J. Smith, Mountain View, Arkansas, July 4, 2006 for LifeSiteNews.com. Viewed Dec 20, 2010 at: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2006/jul/06070409 )