Clarification of Answer by
13 Dec 2005 02:19 PST
Thank you for asking for clarification of my answer! I'd much rather
search a bit more and have fully satisfied clients. Often times a
slight change in searching will yeild more results, as in your case. I
changed my search string and got more results for you:
CONSENSUS STATEMENT ON THE LIVE ORGAN DONOR
..."Donating a Second Organ
The conference participants considered it ethically acceptable for a
person to donate more than one organ simultaneously or serially (eg,
the left lobe of a liver and a kidney), if the medical and
psychosocial requirements for each organ donation were fulfilled.
Obviously the risks to the donor could be increased by a simultaneous
donation, so sound judgment is necessary to maintain the medical
dictum of first do no harm.
A potential donor may wish to donate a solitary kidney (having donated
a kidney previously), while realizing that such a donation would
render that individual anephric. The donation from a person who has
only one kidney was considered unacceptable by most conference
participants because physicians should not perform a procedure that
knowingly sacrifices one person's health (resulting in the necessity
of chronic dialysis) for another's.13..."
The above would lead me to believe that there is no medical regulation
against donating more than one organ, as described.
Medical regulations aside, there is no LAW against it, because it DOES
happen in rare occasions, here's one such case:
Ethical Dilemmas in Live-Donor Transplants
By Earl Strum, M.D., Associate Editor and Assistant Secretary, and
Wayne Kaufman, M.D., Director, District 3
..."The Universal Donor
A 24-year-old male was going to donate a lobe of his liver to a child
who had liver failure due to hepatitis C. The patient?s family had
advertised for a donor, and the recipient and donor had no previous
contact. The concern that was raised the day of surgery was that the
donor had made a previous donation of a kidney, also to an unknown
recipient, several years prior.
Volunteering to make a second organ donation, again to someone unknown, is an
extremely rare event?rare enough to prompt a discussion between the
anesthesiologist and surgeon to determine if something other than
altruism might have motivated the act of donation. Prior to each
donation, the donor had a psychiatric evaluation. In both evaluations,
there was no evidence of mental illness and he was deemed a suitable
candidate able to consent to donation. In addition, his family members
and friends seemed to be supportive of his decision to donate.
Donors who donate multiple organs to unknown recipients do raise concerns as to
motivation and their suitability to donate. Although it is not optimum
to be discussing issues such as this on the day of surgery, it is
important that those concerns are raised and addressed. The decision
reached was to proceed with the surgery, and that was based on the
overall psychiatric evaluation and the fact that psychiatry found him
to be a suitable candidate. The outcome of the operation was
successful, and both donor and recipient are doing well.."
These are exceptional web sites:
Living Donors Online!
I searched the forums for "multiple organs" and came up empty. This
would be a good place for you to ask questions.
Living Organ Donor Online
I found that link here:
This is informative:
Transplant News - Message from the Executive Director - 2005
You are still free to ask for another clarification... I live about 10
minutes from the clinic below, and after I get some sleep, IF YOU
REQUEST ME TO, I'll call them and ask directly about medical
regulations governing a living donor donating multiple organs:
The Organ Transplant Program at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
(It will be late afternoon, possibly 24 hours from now before I will
post any feedback I get --real life interferences, I do this
New search strings used at Google:
"living donor" "donate multiple organs"
"living organ donor"
"living organ donor" "more than one organ"
"live donor" "donate more than one organ"