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Should Organs Be Taken From The Dead Without Prior Written Consent Of The Deceased Or Consent Of The Family Within the last few decades one of the most amazing medical advances has been the ability to give organ transplants Newkirk 11 Gary Newkirk states in Modern Medicine that these medical events are a bittersweet experience since in many instances someones untimely death facilitates the survival of someone elseNewkirk 11 The Pope John Paul II says organ donation is a genuine act of love Century 947 Ten different religious leaders at the Ottawa headquarters of the Kidney Foundation in Canada all signed an organ donor card CMJ 1338 Rabbi Reuven Bulka says We want to escalate this to the point where its not even a choiceit is a duty of the individualCMJ 1338 Currently there are 62000 individuals on a national waiting list for organ transplants of various types Newkirk 11 Four people are added to this organ waiting list every hour however 12 people who are already on this list will die daily while waiting for a transplant Newkirk 11 Many Americans claim they would gladly donate their family members organs if they knew that this was something their family member wanted Newkirk 11 However more than 75 of Americans dont know if their family member is a registered donor Newkirk 11 When confronted roughly 50 will allow removal of their family members organs Newkirk 11 The key words here are when confronted It says in Lancet that studies have showed health care workers do not like to confront the family during this tragic time with such a request 2085 The organ donation question must be asked immediately following the death because time is a major player Perry 38 Major organs like the heart and lungs need to be removed from the body with 4-6 hours after death Perry 38 Other organs like the kidneys must be removed 48-72 hours of death
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