Organ Donation & Transplantation

Where Is the Public Outcry? Infants also Have Human Dignity When They Are Dying and Donating Organs!

The story goes back to 1993. During the early era of transplantation, “death” for the purpose of organ donation had been defined as irreversible cessation of all brain function (that is brain death, both “higher” and “lower” centers) as a result of a seminal report by the ad hoc Committee of Harvard Medical School.[1] The transplant community and society then asked a question: Since the traditional definition of death for everyone else had always been irreversible cessation of heart function, might that definition be ethically applied to donors too?

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