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The truth behind
organ donation
& transplants

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]

Was Not Dead!

Val Thomas

A 59 year old woman came back to life, after being clinically “brain dead” for 17 hours!

Val Thomas alive and looking around

Val Thomas had a heart attack at her West Virginia home on May 17, 2008 and was taken to a Charleston hospital. Attempts to revive her seemed to be getting nowhere, as her heart kept stoppng and doctors could not detect any brain activity. They diagnosed her as “brain dead”.

Val was placed on a ventilator, to maintain breathing and preserve her vital organs, while the family discussed the possibility of organ donation (ie: harvesting of Val’s organs for transplanting into others). The decision was taken to switch off life-support. Ten minutes later, “she moved her arm, coughed and asked for her son.”, Ninemsn reports.

This supposedly “brain dead” woman was actually alive, even tough doctors were not capable of detecting her brain activity. Ironically, it was the decision to keep her on life-support for organ preservation that ultimately saved her. If the surgery had proceeded, Val would have died a real death because of organ removal (… not from so-called “brain death”).

Ninemsn reports that Val should make a complete recovery “to the surprise of her doctors”.

LifeSiteNews reports that there is still controversy and debate about the “the issue of brain death criteria for purposes of organ transplants and determining the exact moment of death has been a source of contention since organ transplants became common. Controversy continues to swirl around the issue as patients in apparently hopeless comatose conditions continue to confound doctors’ expectations and awaken.”

“The problem is time and the rapid deterioration of most vital organs after the cessation of heart function. After death, corneas and bone marrow can still be used but soft vital organs such as the heart, lungs, pancreas and kidneys rapidly deteriorate and are unusable within a few hours. Traditional medical ethicists contend that soft and easily damaged organs such as the heart are impossible to obtain morally since they deteriorate more quickly and must be removed when a patient’s condition is still disputed.”


(Based on “Woman‘s Waking After Brain Death Raises Many Questions About Organ Donation” by Hilary White, LifeSiteNews.com. Viewed Dec 20, 2010 at: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2008/may/08052709 )

(see also “‘Brain Dead’ woman returns to life” by ninemsn staff, ninemsn.com.au. Viewed May 27, 2008 at: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=569682 )

(see also “Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In” by FoxNews. Viewed Dec 20, 2010 at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,357463,00.html )