Posted by Sharlee (22.214.171.124) on March 02, 2003 at 06:52:11:
In Reply to: What do you think? posted by Indigo (126.96.36.199) on February 28, 2003 at 13:40:10:
I would not have a problem with this if a donor liver became available and she was the only compatible recipient. The situation is much more difficult if there are a couple of recipients and you have to choose between them. I really do not think that anyone has all the knowledge in which to make a judgement even if it were a young 20 year old girl who was the other choice compared to this woman. (for example, the older woman may go out of jail and into the streets and save many other young girls on the wrong track; the 20 year old may become a recluse on an island in the Pacific and interact very little to the wider community). Doctors and ethicists have to face this dilemma and I'm glad I'm not in their shoes. I'm not sure what their criteria are - it may be the number of potential years gained by the process. Hence younger patients might be favoured - but what if it was an older brilliant scientist or a Nobel prize winner??
Myself, I'm not an organ donor although I applaud those who are. I have this concern that the doctors might turn off the machine too soon in thier haste to save another life. I have a distant relative who in World war 1, was pronounced dead and 10 days later, he woke up in the morgue - fortunately, they hadn't buried him yet.
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