Suit: Doctors Pressured to Declare Patients Brain Dead
It says organ donor network is to blame
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2012 2:21 PM CDT
A NYC lawsuit claims that the New York Organ Donor network pressured doctors to declare patients brain dead.   (?MilitaryHealth)

(Newser) – A lawsuit filed against the New York Organ Donor Network claims that the organization pressures doctors to declare patients brain dead so their organs can be harvested, reports the New York Post. The suit's plaintiff, nurse practitioner Patrick McMahon, worked as a transplant coordinator for the network for just four months before he was fired. The nonprofit called his allegations "ridiculous."

The suit lays out four examples of cases in which it says officials from the donor network pressured hospital doctors to declare a person dead despite what McMahon says were signs of brain activity. Why on earth would doctors just go along? The suit, or at least the story, doesn't spell that out. The lawsuit also alleges that the network puts the hard sell on next of kin to allow organs to be harvested, if the deceased isn't registered.

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SuzanneAltmann
Oct 1, 2012 7:03 AM CDT
Lawsuit also in Germany - World-wide phenomenon Googling I came across a criminal charge for murder and formation of a criminal organization that the German Organ Transplantation Foundation faces, a similar organization to the NY Organ Donor Network. So, it seems to be a world-wide phenomenon that organ harvesting (a horrible word, don't you think?) is always done in an illegal area where the right to life is abolished. The criminal charge contains many new thoughts about the issue. The most important I think—and this is also of interest here—is the argument that nothing is done without a medical doctor, he or she is in responsibility of everything. Moreover, the concept of “brain death” itself was introduced by medical doctors, in 1968 at Harvard University. Today “brain death” is a preset computer program, a digital oracle, that the physicians have put the prophecy in its mouth, and the programmed curse hits of course always the patients, i.e. everybody! One could become desperate if it weren't for the Patients' Front. See: http://spkpfh.de/Criminal_charges_against_the_German_Medical_Association.htm
Steve4freedom
Sep 27, 2012 3:18 AM CDT
On the2nd thought: New York, New York... wasn't in NYC or in NJ when jewish rabbis were indicted selling human organs? The disturbing news was hushed up very fast. Looks like the trade to israel (huge monnnney behind it of course) continues...
Steve4freedom
Sep 27, 2012 3:15 AM CDT
Ddon't get sick in America. Better yet, if you leave it now!