Organ Donation

Doctors Face Scrutiny About Defining “Brain Death”

This article was originally posted on the author's blog (https://nancyvalko.com) and is reprinted with her permission. Nancy Valko has been a registered nurse for 47 years and is a spokesperson for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses (Read More

Trenton Mckinley’s Recovery From “Brain Death”

The doctors were certain that 13-year-old Trenton McKinley was dead--"brain dead" that is. He had suffered skull fractures and a traumatic brain injury in a vehicle accident last March. He reportedly passed all the tests for determining "brain death." Convinced her son was dead, his mother signed papers to donate ...
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Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp’s Astonishing Recovery

A 45-year-old Arizona woman, Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp, was in a coma for 12 days after her son found her unconscious at her home. The medical team, believing there was nothing more they could do for her, suggested to her family that Lyndee be removed from life support in order to carry ...
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The Apnea Test

THE APNEA TEST: USED TO DETERMINE "BRAIN DEATH," IT CAN CAUSE DEATH By Paul A. Byrne, M.D. The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) states that a person who has sustained "irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem," is dead. While these words are ...
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Premature Brain Death Diagnosis

Below are recent articles covering cases of premature declaration of "brain death" that force relatives to face serious challenges in their attempts to give the patients more time to show signs of recovery. Hospitals are Quick to Declare Patients Brain Dead to Harvest Their Organs. Here’s Why 6/16/16 by ...
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Organ Donation Q & A

Organ donation refusal may save your life The human body, alive or dead, may never be treated as property or a commodity. This moral principle applies equally to persons who donate organs and to governments, organizations and individuals who encourage organ donation for the benefit of the sick. Though the ...
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Unexpected Recoveries

Some patients are prematurely declared dead or too far gone to benefit from medical treatment. Also, many patients are diagnosed to be permanently unconscious when, in fact, such diagnoses are sometimes mistaken. These patients actually may have a condition called locked-in syndrome, which means a person is aware of what ...
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May We Donate Our Organs?

OCTOBER 29, 2014 BY DRS. JAY BOYD AND PAUL A. BYRNE It is likely that most Catholics consider the question of the morality of organ donation to be a settled matter, and to view it as a noble and generous gesture on the part of donors. After all, the Catechism ...
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Questions and Answers: Critical Medical Decisions

Whether serious health issues develop gradually or suddenly, facing critical medical decisions creates the need for information on many unfamiliar topics such as: hospice care, feeding tubes, ventilators, CPR, life support, brain death, organ donation, pain control, futile care, palliative care, advance directives, living wills, durable power of attorney for ...
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Organ Donation: Crossing the Line

Linking the "right to die" with organ donation has opened a terrible Pandora's Box In the US, whether we are renewing our drivers’ licenses, watching the TV news or just picking up a newspaper, it’s impossible to miss the campaign to persuade us to sign an organ donation card. We ...
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Statement Opposing Brain Death Criteria

Below is a position statement, signed by over 120 people from 19 nations, including physicans, philosophers, and theologians, opposing brain death criteria for human death. It has been released through the auspices of Earl Appelby, Jr. of Citizens United Resisting Euthanasia (cureltd@ix.netcom.com; he would have the most updated list of ...
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