why do people not want to donate organs

The article below quotes Robert Truog, professor of medical ethics, anesthesia and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, about the possible pain felt by an organ donor who has been declared brain dead. Mr. Teresi writes that Dr. Truog compared the topic of pain in an organ donor to an argument over 'whether it is OK to kick a rock. ' A review of Mr. Teresi's notes after the publication of the essay reflects that Dr. Truog, when asked whether a donor feels pain, said.
Becoming an organ donor is widely considered a good thing.


If you die and offer up your body to medicine, you can extend the life of others with zero inconvenienceвafter all, you re dead. But it turns out that the reality of organ donation isn t quite so crystal clear, and that it s something you might want to lend a little more thought to. Becoming an organ donor is easy; just tick a box on your driving license, or fill in a simple form.


You may not know that you waive your rights to informed consent at that stage: doctors don t have to tell your relatives where your organs go, or what they do to your body to extract them. You have few legal rights; you re dead, remember. That s not too bad, though. I can live with that. But, Dick Teresi raises a more interesting point: the majority of organ donors are victims of head trauma, who end up being ruled dead based on brain-death criteria.


And brain-death diagnosis The exam for brain death is simple. A doctor splashes ice water in your ears (to look for shivering in the eyes), pokes your eyes with a cotton swab and checks for any gag reflex, among other rudimentary tests. It takes less time than a standard eye exam. Finally, in what s called the apnea test, the ventilator is disconnected to see if you can breathe unassisted.


If not, you are brain dead. (Some or all of the above tests are repeated hours later for confirmation. ) Here s the weird part. If you fail the apnea test, your respirator is reconnected. You will begin to breathe again, your heart pumping blood, keeping the organs fresh. Doctors like to say that, at this point, the person has departed the body. You will now be called a BHC, or beating-heart cadaver. The problem is, plenty of BHCs still have brain waves.


A bigger problem is thatвvery, very occasionallyв BHC s even start breathing again by themselves. Whether they re actually dead or not, well, that s up for debate. It s that uncertainty that many people are, quite rightly, starting to worry about. For a deeper insight, you should ; it s really quite thought-provoking. In the meantime, I m remaining a donor but hoping for a lack of imminent head trauma. [ ; Image:

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