Another Lazarus - or a Medical MISDIAGNOSIS?
A nurse speaks up about her experiences and first hand knowledge of the ethics of some of her co-workers
"Last November, 21-year-old Zack Dunlap was declared dead 36 hours after flipping his 4-wheeler ATV. Official word of his death was even reported to Oklahoma authorities. The parents were told that their son was brain dead and they knew he had signed an organ donor card. After seeing a brain scan apparently showing no blood flow to his brain, the parents agreed to donate his organs...
"Today, just four months later, it is almost impossible to tell that Zack ever had an accident, much less a catastrophic one. He speaks clearly, walks without assistance and is planning to go back to work. He now insists that that he heard a doctor say he was dead and that this “just made me mad inside”...
"Countless times over the years, I have seen doctors turn out to be wrong when they have given families a dire prognosis about their loved one. Honest mistakes do happen but with time and care, a surprising number of such patients survived and some even fully recovered. In the past, however, we weren’t in such a rush to withdraw treatment or donate organs."
"At the present time, the tests required to diagnose brain death can vary widely from hospital to hospital. When I personally served on an ethics committee at a local hospital years ago, I was appalled when one young doctor proposed that our hospital adopt the least strict brain death tests so that we could obtain more organs..." END
Many more articles linked at the bottom of the article/link https://www.wf-f.org/08-2-Valko.html
including an article by Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton http://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/1993----.htm
from the article:
"JUSTIFYING INFANTICIDE AND NON-VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA"
"...Nevertheless the main point is clear: killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Very often it is not wrong at all."
And this by Peter Singer:
Professor Peter Singer's Views on Brain Death
(from the article):
"Singer takes the position that brain dead individuals are still alive, but that organ harvesting from these individuals is none the less acceptable. His position is that rather than employ artificial, contrived, or bogus definitions of death, we should recognize that the only intellectually honest course is to admit that all lives are not equally valuable and that some lives are indeed in such a degraded and hopeless state that even though they are technically “alive,” it is still ethically acceptable to utilize their organs for transplantation."