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The truth behind
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The truth behind organ donation & transplants

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… The truth behind organ donation & organ transplants


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]

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News & Quotes

Organ Donors May Be Legally Alive When Their Vital Organs Are Harvested: Medical Ethicist Says  [SHRINK]

MELBOURNE, Oct 31, 2012 - A respected Australian medical ethicist claims in a new book that patients in intensive care are being declared “brain dead” for organ donation purposes while they may still be legally alive. Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini’s book, “Transplantation, Biobanks and the Human Body”, was launched in October 2012 and claims that medical practice has moved ahead of the law, by accepting a lesser standard of “brain death” than the law provides. Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini Currently in Australia the law requires irreversible cessation of brain function as the criteria for determining so-called “brain death”, but medical practice is moving away from this legal definition to a more pliable definition, in which the crucial aspect is lack of consciousness.

This pliable definition is clearly intended to allow more organ harvesting from living patients: a vile practice that this website was setup to expose and campaign against. Professor Tonti-Filippini says that doctors are diagnosing “brain death” while there is still some mid-brain function. “They say ‘so what?’, because the person is not conscious” he told the Melbourne Age newpaper.

Mid-brain functions are believed to enable the brain to control certain bodily functions, such as hormone production and blood pressure. Professor Tonti-Filippini says that doctors need to test for blood flow to the brain, but most Victorian hospitals simply test for brain-stem function instead.

His claims are endorsed by leading Melbourne doctor, Professor James Tibballs, a Deputy Director of Intensive Care at Royal Children’s Hospital. He says the current ANZICS test for “brain death” is neither legal nor ethical, and that MOST donors cannot be proven to be truly dead when organs are removed!

Earlier, in 2008, Professor Tibballs called for a review of organ donation guidelines to ensure donors know that their organs can be taken when they are DYING and NOT YET DEAD.

“the current test for brain death in most Victorian hospitals is neither legal nor ethical, … MOST donors cannot be proven to be truly dead when their organs are removed

He said then that clinical guidelines commonly used to diagnose “brain death” could not prove irreversible cessation of brain function, and that the concept of “brain death” introduced into Australian law in 1977 was a “convenient fiction” that had allowed the development of organ transplantation.

Professor Tonti-Filippini told the Age that the new (unlawful) definition of “brain death”… “crept in gradually with no watershed moment” and now “people are being diagnosed as dead and their organs are being taken when… you’d say they were alive”. He said “We have moved from wanting to be absolutely certain that the person is dead to saying ‘This person is in such a state they might as well be dead’.”

“Brain death” is not death. Brain death is not based on data that would be considered valid for any other scientific purpose. -- (Paul A. Byrne MD, “Brain Death: Beyond the Slogan” for Vital Signs Ministries)

[Note: Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini is a medical ethicist & Associate Dean and Head of Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. He is terminally ill, due to renal failure & heart disease, and is dependent on dialysis and palliative care. He has refused to be wait-listed for a kidney because of concerns about the brain function test and “beating heart donation”.     Sadly we still seem to be sliding further down the slippery slope of the culture of death.

May God Almighty forgive us for violating His commandment: “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13 ESV).]


Melbourne Age article by Barney Zwartz: Oct 31, 2012: “‘Brain-dead’ definition flawed, says ethicist” : viewed Nov 1, 2012 at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/braindead-definition-flawed-says-ethicist-20161030-28hlp.html

Melbourne Age article by Barney Zwartz: Oct 24, 2012: “Life could still be in organ donors declared dead, says ethicist” : viewed Nov 1, 2012 at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/life-could-still-be-in-organ-donors-declared-dead-says-ethicist-20161024-285cy.html

Sydney Morning Herald article by Barney Zwartz: Oct 31, 2012: “The deadly dilemma” : viewed Nov 1, 2012 at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-religious-write/the-deadly-dilemma-20161030-28i7o.html

(NB: my emphasis in certain paragraphs)

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