Rule change stops push to harvest organs of people still alive on life support

Rule change stops push to harvest organs of people still alive on life support

I wrote back in April that a core ethical rule in organ transplant medicine was threatened with a dangerous turn that would allow doctors to bring up donation to the families of disabled patients before a decision to cease life support was made.

 

Thanks to the work of disability rights activists such as Not Dead Yet, that rule change has been turned back.

From the NDY announcement:

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The disability rights group Not Dead Yet is claiming victory this week after meetings of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Board of Directors, which adopted a policy that removed a significant threat to people with severe disabilities posed by previous proposals that would affect people who use ventilators to breathe, including people with severe spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular disabilities.

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