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The truth behind organ donation & transplants


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… The truth behind organ donation & organ transplants

OPPOSE
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]

OPPOSE
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]

OPPOSE
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]

OPPOSE
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]

OPPOSE
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]

OPPOSE
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]

OPPOSE
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]

OPPOSE
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]

Opposing Organ Donation (Part 2)

[view Part 1 by Dr David Evans]

By Dr David J Hill

(From “Minority Report: Two secular positions opposing donation”, a paper contributed to Dignity in Donation Day, UK, 27th April 2012. Published here with the kind permission of Dr David J Hill)

Dear Delegates,

I very much appreciate your invitation to shed some light on Dignity in Donation. I am sorry that I have a previous commitment that I am unable to change. I must also say that, although my anxieties about the way in which we continue to obtain organs from those diagnosed as dead for transplant purposes and my desire for the truth, are undiminished, I become weary of the struggle after some 40 years.

Dr David J Hill

I was involved in some early transplants as a senior registrar, and later as a consultant anaesthetist and witnessed some dreadful procedures. These included a liver "donor" child, supposedly dead, who out-lived the "recipient" child; an adult "donor" who commenced breathing (before operation) in theatre and was still alive and back in the Intensive Care Unit when relatives came to collect the death certificate the following day; and a dozen or so occasions when the Theatre Register gave the time of death of the "donor" as some hours after the commencement of the harvesting operation - presumably timing "death" as when respiration and circulation had finally ceased.. It will, no doubt, be said that the Register was inaccurately filled and that such events could not happen today, but one's memories remain. As do the problems.

The Diagnosis of Death for Transplant Purposes has no international consensus and in the UK (as Pallis asserted) depends upon testing only a few cubic centimetres of tissue in the brainstem for loss of function. Any activity in the higher brain is not looked for and can be ignored.

Live organs can only come from living bodies. Death is commonly associated with an apnoeic, cold, ashen grey, pulseless, stiffening corpse, and not the warm, pink, breathing (albeit with a ventilator), heartbeating, responsive "donor", and yet there is no requirement for explanation of the different conditions that will apply when a box is ticked for organs to be taken "after my death". Increasing pressure continues to be applied to obtain this far-from-fully-informed "consent" or, when that fails, to abandon any pretence by using increasing compulsion.

It is well documented¹ that those diagnosed as brain stem dead (BSD) respond to the trauma of surgery as for any other major operation by hypertension, tachycardia and movement, and require paralysis and some form of anaesthesia for control. Neither the "donor" nor relatives need be apprised of this nor is anaesthesia offered or guaranteed on the donor card or register.

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

In the past I have been involved in [conferences] when, in spite of assurances to the contrary, donors and recipients are in the audience. As you [Dr Gardiner] imply in your welcome cautionary remarks, it is simply not possible to confront those who themselves, or through their families (e.g. “a donor Mum's story”), have been so involved, with the truths of these dubious procedures. Perhaps Deception in Donation would have been an alternative title.

The ethical dilemmas lie not so much in the use of human organs for transplantation as in the means by which major organs are obtained. Corneas, for example, can be usefully transplanted many hours after death has been confirmed by traditional means and all life-support has been withdrawn. Kidneys can survive and recover function after a shorter period. Other major organs – such as the heart, lung, liver, pancreas et al. – must be taken whilst life-support continues and characteristics of life (heartbeat, circulation, respiration (albeit ventilator dependent), digestion, excretion, even maintenance of pregnancy,² and response to stimulus continue.

Live organs can only come from living bodies… heart, lung, liver, pancreas et al. – must be taken whilst life-support continues and characteristics of life… and response to stimulus continue.

Potential donors are unlikely to be familiar with neurological minutiae, but will easily recognise Fr Laurence’s description of Juliet’s appearance of death³

     “no pulse
Shall keep his native progress, but surcease:
No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou livest;
The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade
To pearly ashes; thy eyes’ windows fall
Like death when he shuts up the day of life;
Each part depriv’d of supple government
Shall, stiff and stark and pale, appear like death.”

Romeo & Juliet Act 4, Scene 1

I am sorry if this is a disappointment to you and I sincerely hope that some, at least, of these things will be usefully aired.

With thanks and kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Dr David J Hill

Retired Consultant Anaesthetist


References:-

(1) Wetzl RC et al. Hemodynamic responses in brain dead organ donor patients. Anesthesia & Analgesia 1985, 64; 125-128.

(2) Brain dead woman gives birth. Br Med J 2006, 335; 1468.

(3) Shakespeare W. Romeo & Juliet. Act 4, Scene 1.

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