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The truth behind
organ donation
& transplants

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]

The Real Myths of Organ Donation

By Norm Barber

Myth No. 1: Doctors will try to keep me alive even though I am an organ donor.

Preserving organs for harvesting conflicts with treatment for brain damage, the injury potential donors usually have. Preserving organs requires normal body temperature, higher blood pressure, increased fluid intake, blood thinning drugs but no brain protecting drugs like barbiturates.
Treating the donor’s brain injury requires lowered body temperature, usual blood pressure, brain protecting drugs like barbiturates, normal fluid intake, but no blood thinning drugs.
Once the transplant doctors and organ co-ordinators exert influence the patient’s treatment may change.
Donors also get the “brain death test” which one Professor of Neurology has said may cause rather than diagnose “brain death”. A patient being treated for brain injury should not get the “brain death test”.

Myth No. 2: Organ and Tissue donation will not disfigure me.

Surgeons may remove the eyes, skin, tendons, ligaments, large veins, fascia, major and minor bones.The skull may be sawed in half to remove dura matter. How can this not disfigure the donor?
Donors failing to stipulate in detail what can be removed may be “cleaned out”.

Myth No. 3: Surgeons will wait until I am dead before removing organs

They wait until loss of bodily reflexes. They turn off the breathing machine for ten minutes and stick a less effective air hose down the patient’s windpipe. If the patient doesn’t begin breathing without the machine then “brain death” is declared. Before this occurs the patient may display signs of asphyxia due to lack of oxygen.
The body is paralysed to stop it jumping about during harvesting. The dead donor’s heart is still beating. Blood pressure and heartbeat speed rise dramatically as the harvester makes the first cut from breastbone to groin.
Some anaesthetists say donors should be given anaesthetic since experts around the world can’t agree if the donor is dead or still alive and may still be feeling pain.

Myth No. 4: My religion believes in organ donation.

Religions generally support the idea of sacrifice and donation of body organs after death. The Pope of the Catholic Church defines this death as “the complete and irreversible cessation of all brain activity (in the cerebrum, cerebellum and brain stem)”. Most countries including Australia, Great Britain and United States allow harvesting to begin before this stage of death is reached.
Religious leaders require that donors give “informed consent” but how many prospective donors know about the apnea “brain death” test, that the donor’s heart is still beating during harvesting and that the “dead” donor reacts to the surgeon’s knife in a similar manner to a healthy individual being cut open.

Myth No. 5: No one will gain financially from my organs and body tissues.

Everyone gets a financial benefit from the harvested organs and body parts except the donor. A body donated in the United States generates up to two million dollars of medical and cosmetic activity.
A liver transplant costs about $350,000. A government providing free liver transplants to its citizens may find it more profitable to sell this service to foreigners. The Queensland government in Australia was caught selling liver transplants to Japanese citizens.

Myth No. 6: The wealthy, powerful and famous won’t have precedent over regular people for my body parts.

Bones, tendons, ligaments, dura matter, veins, skin, and body parts used for medical and cosmetic purposes are sold to any hospital or clinic that pays the price. Poor people wait years for surgery while rich folk with their expensive insurance get immediate treatment at private hospitals. Subsequently richer people will get precedence over the donors’ body parts.
The fairer medical systems allocate vital organs such as heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and lungs to those considered best able to survive the anti-rejection drugs and limitations of a transplant organ.
Guidebooks produced for prospective organ recipient patients list the following as giving priority for an organ transplant
1) the ability to hire nursing care after the transplant
2) the ability to purchase the best anti-rejection drugs and follow-up doctors
3) minimal problems with courts, police and government departments
These priorities naturally favour the rich.

Myth No. 7: Anyone can be an organ donor.

Surgeons harvest organs from patients with strong and still beating hearts. Only 1% of donors die this way. Surgeons don’t want vital organs from donors who are completely dead and whose hearts have stopped. Therefore, only 1% of prospective donors donate vital organs. Most people can become eye, bone and skin donors.

Myth No. 8: Organ selling and organ robbing stories are silly “urban Myths”.

Palestinians bury their dead within hours of being killed because the Israelis take their bodies and remove organs. Israelis regularly travel to Turkey for transplants of kidneys sold by Moldavians from the former Soviet Union. Rich Asians and Arabs regularly travel to India for transplants of kidneys purchased from poor people who then don’t get follow-up treatment if they become ill from the harvesting. A similar market exists in Latin and South America.
In China organ donation is a punishment. Prisoners are shot in the head creating the condition of “brain death”. Harvesting begins with their hearts still beating and they die during the organ removal process.

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