NEW: A guide to inform the uniformed about organ donation
WHAT ARE WE NOT BEING TOLD ABOUT ORGAN DONATION?
THE ANATOMICAL GIFT
Don’t we all wish to give “the gift of life”?
After all, if we suffer from a deadly injury would it not be generous to permit our functional organs to save someone else? This might be the case if potential donors were given all of the pertinent information about organ transplantation, but they are not. It is important to understand that most organ recipients are also NOT told about the nefarious methodology used in acquiring organs or the cost of keeping the transplanted organ functioning!
We sign up without knowing the details!
Generally most people become organ donors when they apply for a driver’s license or state ID card. The clerk at the motor vehicle agency is obligated to ask each and every applicant whether or not they wish to be an organ donor.
If you say yes, your name is added to the state organ donor registry and an organ donor emblem is put on your driver’s license or state ID card. The agent behind the desk is instructed not to ask again when you renew your license or ID. So you will remain in the donor registry, unless you send a revocation form to the Donor Registry and write NO over the emblem on your identification document.
If you say no, your name will not be entered into the registry and there will be no record of your refusal. When you renew your license or state ID, you will be asked again . . . and again . . . and again. And, should you suffer a serious head injury and meet the donor criteria, you or your family will be asked again as well. The effort to get folks to consent to being an organ donor is extremely well funded and has become quite aggressive.
What you don’t know can cost you your life!
Not long after Dr. Christian Bernard performed the world’s first heart transplant in 1967 it was discovered that the vital organs of truly dead patients did not survive the transplantation process. Recipients did not live very long. However through experimentation, doctors discovered that if the organs came from living donors, the results were far better.
Therefore the definition of death had to be altered to permit the extraction of vital organs from living patients. The condition termed ‘brain dead’ was invented to accomplish this goal.
The criteria for labeling someone ‘brain dead’ has changed many times since the late 60’s. Each time it has become less stringent.
Unfortunately the use of brain scans or EEGs has been determined to be unnecessary. Today they use the ‘apnea test’. The unconscious critically ill or injured patient is removed from the ventilator for 10 minutes to see if he or she can breathe adequately on their own. If they can’t, they are declared ‘brain dead’ and put back on the ventilator until organ recipients are located. Then their vital organs are extracted, causing their death.
From New England Journal of Medicine article of Aug 14, 2008 titled The Dead Donor Rule and Organ Transplantation:
“Others have claimed that ‘brain-dead’ patients are dead because their brain damage has led to the ‘permanent cessation of functioning of the organism as a whole’. Yet evidence shows that if these patients are supported beyond the acute phase of the illness (which is rarely done), they can survive for many years.”
Many people who have been supported beyond the acute phase of their illness have recovered from serious brain injury with few or any disabilities.
Most organ donors have their organs removed without the benefit of anesthesia due to the nebulous diagnosis of ‘brain-dead’. Nurses and anesthesiologists have charted a significant increase in the donor’s pulse and blood pressure during the removal process indicating they were experiencing severe pain.
In addition, when a young man or woman suffers a severe brain injury, the organ procurement company is notified almost immediately and send their enrollment agent to the hospital right away. This agent’s job is to bamboozle the family about their loved one’s condition and secure a consent for organ donation. Lots of pressure is exerted on the family and all discussion of the patient’s recovery possibilities are discouraged.
Those on the waiting list to receive organs are rarely told the truth about the ordeal they are signing up for. Generally they are told by the medical industrial complex that their vital organ is failing and that the only treatment available is to have it replaced. More often than not, this really means: the medical industrial complex has no reparative surgery or medication that will heal the vital organ – that is profitable for them.
Our bodies and organs are unique to everyone of us. Our organs were created cell-by-cell during gestation and they remain harmonious in our bodies throughout our lives. The minute an organ foreign to us is implanted our cells rebel and attack it. So, the recipient of the foreign organ must take expensive anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his or her life. These drugs basically shut down the immune system and leave the organ recipient extremely vulnerable to infection.
Most recipients are unaware that the immunosuppressants they MUST take to keep the transplanted organ functioning are extremely expensive and that Medicare and insurance companies have set limits as to how long they will pay for them. [See The Cost of Transplant Immunosuppressant Therapy: Is this Sustainable?; US National Library of Medicine; June, 2015]
What recipients are also not told is that there are many alternative or natural remedies capable of greatly improving their organ’s functioning. Conventional physicians are taught little about alternative medicine. In fact Big Pharma makes huge profits from the transplant industry and Big Pharma has waged war against natural medicine since its inception in the early 1900s. [See Big Pharma Exposed]
THE ORGAN PROCUREMENT INDUSTRY
The organ procurement industry has grown exponentially over the past 40+ years. It is now a multi-million dollar business. Hospitals, physicians and procurement organizations are all eager to sustain or increase their profits. To accomplish this they need more donors. The Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) has been passed in almost all of the 50 states in America. The Revised UAGA (2006) was written by twelve un-elected lawyers on behalf of the Uniform Law Commission and endorsed by entities that benefit from organ or tissue donations. The UAGA made it much more difficult for organ donors to change their minds. It also granted players in the procurement industry immunity from prosecution for terminating lives – as long as unsuspecting men and women consented to be donors.
- There is no ‘informed’ consent when it comes to organ donation and transplantation.
- Most donors of vital organs are not told there are two types of donors: a) living donors (organs) and b) dead donors (tissues).
- Potential donors are never told that their organs could be extracted while they are still alive – without the benefit of anesthesia.
- Potential recipients are not given all of the facts regarding the high cost of post-transplant medication and the limited Medicare and insurance benefits.
- Many men and women are not being given ample opportunity to recover their injuries, because their lives are prematurely terminated so their vital organs can be removed and sold! This is justified because they have ‘consented’ to be organ donors – without being fully informed!
Actions to take:
- Say no to becoming an organ donor and discuss your objections with your family.
- If you have already consented to being an organ donor, call the BMV and ask how to get your name removed from the registry. Write NO with a permanent marker over the organ donor emblem on your drivers license or state ID.
- Do not sign a living will, a Do Not Resuscitate form, or create advanced directives as they can be used as consent regarding the unscientific potentially lethal ‘apnea test’.
- Click on “Wallet Cards” listed below the bumper sticker. Follow the instructions so that you and your family have your non-consent notice with you at all time.
- Help educate the public. Put this bumper sticker on all your vehicles. Print out the brochure (link below) and pass it out. Share this information with everyone you know.
This information can be validated in the following documents:
1) Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (2006)
2) Ohio Revised Code: Chapter 2108 Human Bodies or Parts Thereof
3) Ohio BMV Drivers Manual, Chapter 12, Anatomical Donation and Living Will
4) Ohio Donor Registry Enrollment form
5) Article: ‘Brain Death’: Should it be Reconsidered?
Learn much more about organ donation from neonatologist Dr. Paul Byrne on his website:
Truth About Organ Donation.com
This information is available in an 8 1/2 x 11 tri-fold brochure: Truth About Organ Donation brochure
About the author, AL Whitney
AL is a retired Registered Respiratory Therapist who worked in several major hospitals. She participated in many cardiac arrests in ICUs and Emergency Departments. She also taught both Basic and Advanced Life Support to respiratory therapists, nurses, medical students and practicing physicians through the American Heart Association Certification Program.
I read the very informative document “A guide to inform the uniformed about organ donation” whose page 3 needs a correction. The pen name is “AL Whitey” which should really be “AL Whitney.” Thanks.