OPINION: Having worked in hospitals for many years, I have listened to and joined in many discussions about the ethics and arrangement of organ donations.
I have witnessed families overturning the wishes of their deceased relative. Their instructions, even written in a will, become void upon death.
I have heard and respect many and varied reasons for not wishing to be a donor.
I have never heard anyone (except a religious faith group) state that they would not accept a life-preserving donor organ.
An organ donor register would publicly indicate a person's wishes and would also indicate those who would take but not give.
DR ROB ENGLAND
- The Southland Times