Here's an article on the lawsuit brought on by a mom in California who says that a transplant surgeon misrepresented himself and took a dying patient off life support to do a DCD donation without her consent, then kept ordering the nurse to up the pain meds to make him die quicker. I don't know what the truth is, I do know he's being investigated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid-the agency that oversees hospital compliance in many areas in order to be reimbursed by medicare and medicaid. They also put out the regulations regarding organ donation and survey the OPO's to make sure they are following best practices as put forth by Health and Human Services Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.
Anyway, regardless of what you think this doctor did or didn't do-read the comments. I can't believe, in regards to organ donation or anything else for that matter, that people are so ignorant. I read things like this and I think that if you don't believe in organ donation, you shouldn't get an organ. It's that simple. It's like members of PETA, who can believe whatever they want, but don't come to the hospital and expect to get any treatments that involved animal experiments. That may leave you with only bandaids and ice packs, but I wouldn't want your principles to be compromised just because your dying.
Am I alone in thinking it's a miracle that ANYONE gets an organ?
BTW, I got a great reader comment in the last post and I posted a rather lengthy reply. Just thought you might be interested and also I'd be interested in other points of view on the same.