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.

US appeals court makes it legal to pay donors for their bone marrow tissue

Jared Yee | 07 July 2012 | Comments
tags: organ donation, organ market, US
A US appeals court has put the price of bone marrow at about US$3,000 in a ruling that now makes it legal to purchase bone marrow.

Man donates kidney, gets no insurance

Jared Yee | 16 June 2012 | Comments
tags: organ donation, organ transplants, US
Radburn Royer, of Minnesota, donated his kidney to his daughter Erika after her lupus caused kidney failure. Now 31, Erika is fine, but her physically active 53-year-old father has been unable to obtain private health insurance.

Germany seeks to increase organ supply

Michael Cook | 26 May 2012 | Comments
tags: brain death, organ donation
Germany has amended legislation to promote organ donation. After years of debate, people over 16 will be regularly asked by their health insurance company if they are prepared to donate their organs.

Facebook encourages organ donation

Jared Yee | 05 May 2012 | Comments
tags: Facebook, organ donation, organ transplantation, US
The organ donation community applauded Facebook's announcement this week that it will allow its 900 million members to share their donor status with friends and family, and to link to state databases where Americans can sign up online to become donors.

UK teen recovers “fully” after 4 doctor found him “brain dead”

Michael Cook | 28 April 2012 | Comments
tags: brain death, organ donation
Miraculous recoveries from brain trauma are always good news, but they may not be as miraculous as they first seem. However, the Daily Mail’s account of a boy who recovered fully after four specialists declared that he was brain dead makes one question if doctors really understand brain death.

China to stop harvesting convict organs

Jared Yee | 31 March 2012 | Comments
tags: China, organ donation, organ trafficking, organ transplants
China officials plan to end organ harvesting from death-row inmates, in a move to reform an organ donation system which has for many years relied heavily on prisoners.

Is intellectual disability a reason to deny an organ transplant?

Michael Cook | 18 January 2012 | Comments
tags: disability, organ donation
A 3-year-old girl who was allegedly denied an opportunity for a kidney transplant because she was “mentally retarded” has sparked a debate in the US media. Amelia Rivera has a rare genetic disease known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome that can cause mental impairment, seizures and kidney failure. However, her parents were told by doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that there would be no transplant.

Organ donation overhaul contentious

Jared Yee | 17 December 2011 | Comments
tags: Australia, organ donation, organ transplants
A New South Wales government proposal to prevent families from overturning their deceased relatives’ wishes on organ donation has garnered mixed reactions.

Waste not, want not

Michael Cook | 19 November 2011 | Comments
tags: organ donation, utilitarianism
The editor of the leading journal Bioethics, Udo Schulenk regards capital punishment as a “barbaric practice”, it seems a shame to waste potentially life-saving organs of executed Chinese prisoners. It is a classic example of utilitarian reasoning.

Alcoholics get second chance at liver transplants

Jared Yee | 18 November 2011 | Comments
tags: organ donation, organ transplantation, organ transplants
Gravely ill alcoholics who need a liver transplant should not always have to prove they can stay sober for six months to get one, doctors have said in a study.
 
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