Organ Donation


Man declared dead makes amazing recovery

Xavier Symons | 23 May 2014 | Comments
tags: brain death, organ donation
A car crash victim who doctors thought had no chance of survival has made an amazing recovery.

Doctors call for revision of baby organ donation rules

Michael Cook | 22 March 2014 | Comments
tags: organ donation
UK paediatricians want the government to allow “brain-dead” newborns to donate organs.

Should prisoners be allowed to donate organs?

Michael Cook | 16 November 2013 | Comments
tags: organ donation, prisoners
Some American politicians have discovered how to reconcile punishment and compassion: allow prisoners on death row to donate their organs.

Should we be able to inherit organs?

Xavier Symons | 02 November 2013 | Comments
tags: organ donation, organ markets
A little-known debate in bioethics circles centres on whether we should be able to inherit organs.

Paying kidney donors pays off, say Canadian doctors

Michael Cook | 01 November 2013 | Comments
tags: organ donation, organ markets
If living kidney donors were paid $10,000, transplants would increase by at least 5%, according to a study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Selling organ donation

Michael Cook | 12 October 2013 | Comments
tags: organ donation
Everywhere it is tough to persuade people to become organ donors, even after they have died. This is a great advertisement from Leo Burnett Zurich.

Should mentally incompetent people be allowed to donate organs?

Michael Cook | 14 September 2013 | Comments
tags: informed consent, organ donation
Should a mentally incompetent person be allowed to donate organs?

Doubts raised about organ transplant reforms in China

Xavier Symons | 14 September 2013 | Comments
tags: China, organ donation
Strong criticisms have been levelled at 'reforms' to the organ trade currently being carried out by the Chinese government.

Euthanased patients a new source of organ donations in Belgium

Xavier Symons | 07 September 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, organ donation
With a shortage of organ donors in Europe, Belgian doctors have a novel solution: patients with unbearable suffering donate their organs after voluntary euthanasia.

The poetry of organ donation

Michael Cook | 13 July 2013 | Comments
tags: organ donation, poetry, UK
National Transplant Week 2013 is drawing to a close in the United Kingdom -- here is a video and a poem.

Wales adopts policy of presumed consent to organ donation

Xavier Symons | 06 July 2013 | Comments
tags: organ donation, presumed consent, Wales
Wales will be the first British region to adopt a policy of presumed consent for organ donation.

Facebook likes organ donors

Xavier Symons | 23 June 2013 | Comments
tags: Facebook, organ donation
US researchers have published a paper documenting the merits of Facebook in promoting organ donation.

Should prisoners donate organs?

Michael Cook | 27 April 2013 | Comments
tags: informed consent, organ donation, prisons
Utah has become the first state to allow prisoners, even prisoners on death row, to donate organs.

Why wait until death for organ donation, asks Canadian bioethicist

Michael Cook | 23 March 2013 | Comments
tags: dead donor rule, harm, organ donation
More erosion of the dead donor rule in the latest issue of the Cambridge Journal of Healthcare Ethics.

South African transplant surgeons cleared in epic court battle

Michael Cook | 03 March 2013 | Comments
tags: organ donation, South Africa

China to phase out organ donation from executed criminals

Michael Cook | 05 November 2012 | Comments
tags: China, organ donation
China will begin phase out organ donation from executed criminals next years, as it moves towards a voluntary system, says a government expert.

Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donor’s recovery

Michael Cook | 20 October 2012 | Comments
tags: Denmark, organ donation
The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil.

Belgium pioneers organ donation after voluntary euthanasia

Michael Cook | 05 October 2012 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, organ donation
The practice of transplanting organs from patients who die after voluntary euthanasia is becoming customary in Belgium.

Useful kidneys discarded every day in US, experts claim

Michael Cook | 27 September 2012 | Comments
tags: organ donation, organ transplants
In 2011 2,644 of the 14,784 kidneys recovered in the United States were discarded – nearly 18%, according to official statistics. Almost 500 of these were not transplanted because a recipient could not be found.

New York nurse alleges pressure to harvest organs

Michael Cook | 27 September 2012 | Comments
tags: organ donation
A whistleblower has accused the New York Organ Donor Network of pressuring hospital employees to declare patients brain dead so that their organs can be harvested.

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