Letter: Give-and-take donor registry

02:39, Jul 25 2014

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.



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