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!

Zach Dunlap

A 21 year old Oklahoma man was “feeling pretty good” four months after he was diagnosed as “brain dead”.

Zach Dunlap suffered a quad bike accident while visiting Texas in November 2007. He was taken to hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, where brain scans indicated “no activity at all”. Doctors pronounced him “brain dead”, and convinced his family to consent to organ harvesting for transplantation, which would have caused his real death. Ironically, Zach heard them pronounce him dead, but was unable to do anything about it.

Zach Dunlap alive and well

Zach was prepped for organ harvesting, but, just minutes before surgery commenced, one of his friends stroked his foot with a pocket knife. They were “astonished when he jerked his foot away”. This supposedly “dead man” was actually alive. His friends convinced DISBELIEVING MEDICAL STAFF, by showing them Zach’s live response when they dug a fingernail under his finger nail. He moved his other hand over to push them away. Transplanting was stopped, and Zach was saved from real death …death-by-organ-removal. Zach was able to speak to his family, a few days later, saying simply: “I love you”.

After 48 days in hospital, Zach Dunlap was able to return home thanks to the love and concern of his family and friends. But no thanks to the doctors who were eager to label him “dead” and take his body parts for lucrative organ tranplanting.

On the US Today show, his mother Pam said:

“He’s been doing amazingly well,” Pam Dunlap said. “He does still have a lot of memory issues. It just takes a long time for the brain to heal after such a traumatic injury. It may take a year or more before he completely recovers. But that’s OK. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. We’re just thankful and blessed that we have him here.”

“The young man was never dead,” said Dr. Paul Byrne, a former president of the Catholic Medical Association who began writing about brain death in 1977. What makes Dunlap’s case unusual, though not unheard of, says Byrne, is that Zach was lucky enough to be found out to be alive before his vital organs were removed.

“brain death” is scientific theory, and not fact, and is particularly open to utilitarian abuse

Dr Byrne said that Zach’s story should be taken as a warning about the insufficiency of the brain death criteria. “While this story tells the young man hearing them talking about his declaration of brain death, the question is, how many of the other organ donors are in a similar situation, that the only thing is that they end up getting their organs?” he said.

“Brain death was concocted, it was made up in order to get organs. It was never based on science.”

In 2007 Dr. John Shea, LifeSiteNews.com’s medical advisor, wrote in agreement with Byrne’s concerns about brain death, saying that the criteria of “brain death” is scientific theory, and not fact, adding that it is a theory that is particularly open to utilitarian abuse and therefore should be treated with extra caution. He also pointed out that there is the added trouble that there are a number of various sets of brain-death criteria, such that a person may be considered dead according to one, and not by another.



(From “Dead man says he feels pretty good” by staff writers at News.com.au. Viewed March 25, 2008 at www.news.com.au )

(plus “Pronounced dead, man takes ‘miraculous’ turn ” by Mike Celizic, TODAYshow.com contributor. Viewed Dec 19, 2010 at http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/23775873/ns/today-today_news/t/pronounced-dead-man-takes-miraculous-turn/ )

(plus ‘Doctor Says about “Brain Dead” Man Saved from Organ Harvesting - “Brain Death is Never Really Death” ’ By John Jalsevac at LifeSiteNews.com. Viewed Dec 19, 2010 at http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2008/mar/08032709 )

Other article links:
http://notdeadyetnewscommentary.blogspot.com/2008/03/brain-dead-man-comes-alive-miracle.html
Oklahoma man who was declared dead says he feels ‘pretty good’