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Presumed Consent Organ Donation Is “For The Children”

Posted in politics by roving on March 7, 2010
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I opted in to be an organ donor years ago.  This is the way it should be.   IL state sen. Dale Risinger wants to introduce a bill that will make all Illinoisans potential organ donors and will have to opt out if a person doesn’t want to be an organ donor.

From the pjstar: Joe Berry who has worked in hospital administration and was on the receiving end of a someone who had given consent to be an organ donor. Joe brought up the advances of pediatric medicine. “Pediatric patients who are dying because of liver failure can receive a transplanted liver to buy time to allow the child’s own liver to regenerate. When that happens, the donated liver can be removed, and the child’s own liver takes over.”

This is the trick started by Clinton. Use the children to push things through. After all, who isn’t for the children? How much freedoms have we lost for the children? Our taxes have gone up and up  for the children.

Look, the real reason Sen. Risinger  wants presumed consent is because he knows thousands will have no idea they are now organ donors.

With Obama in office and the Democrats in power, I expect the following news story story to happen more often. If Obama care passes, its game over. Seniors and low income people will have a even larger target on their back then they  have now.

MIAMI (WSVN) — A young mother died when, a lawsuit claims, she was taken off life support without her family’s permission.

It was supposed to be a day of joy for the Francois family. Twenty-six-year-old Caroline was giving birth to her third child at a local hospital.

The baby was born fine, but the next day things went terribly wrong for the young mother. “Her blood pressure remained high and continued to remain high,” said the family’s attorney, Loreen Kreizinger. “As a result of her uncontrolled hypertension, she had a bleed to the brain, which happened the next day after the baby was born.”

Caroline was put on life support. “It’s terrible,” said Kreizinger. “It’s probably one of the worst things I’ve personally ever experienced as an attorney, and I am also a nurse.”

According to the lawsuit, after Caroline was put on life support, the local hospital called the University of Miami organ donor program. An employee of the donor program went to the hospital and tried to meet with the family. “Mr. Francois never spoke with them and never gave consent,” said the family’s attorney.

But despite that, the lawsuit against the University of Miami claims that same employee, who is not a medical doctor wrote physician’s orders in Caroline’s chart which read: “Patient pronounced brain dead at 16:16 hours,” and, “Please discontinue all treatments including the ventilator.”

“We have evidence that he physically entered the room and actually turned off the ventilator,” said the lawyer.

Court testimony supports that shocking allegation. Caroline’s respiratory therapist was asked in a deposition, “Who physically took Caroline off the ventilator?” The therapist replied, “That’s a gentleman from organ procurement.”

In Caroline’s chart, her nurse wrote the employee from UM “turned off vent,” referring to the ventilator.

No one is saying why this employee might have pulled the plug, but Caroline’s doctor is very clear. In testimony, her doctor was asked, “Did you yourself at anytime make an assessment that Caroline was brain dead?” The answer: “No.”

“We have evidence that Caroline began to breathe on her own, both by a computerized respiratory printout and by handwritten notes of the respiratory therapist,” said Kreizinger.

Asked if she was implying that Caroline was breathing on her own and still taken off life support, the family’s attorney replied, “That’s right. That’s what we’re saying here.” More at WSVN

I am going to be changing my status to not being an organ donor and if this presumed consent law passes, I will be opting out.


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  1. Hands Off My Organs said, on March 8, 2010 at 7:48 am

    If you don’t want to be an organ donor, the best way to protect your rights is to sign up at It’s the only organ donation registry in the United States that will record your decision not to be a donor.

    In most states, organ procurement organizations are required by law to check the registry before harvesting your organs. If they find your name, the law forbids them from taking your body parts.

  2. andrea said, on March 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    wow…how sad…and scarey…is that guy up on murder charges?…i’m an organ donor as well…but i don’t want them to be taken BEFORE my time is actually up…

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