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Re: Great Idea, A few problems
Chapman, Spira & Carson - Disscusion

From: Dr. Henry   l.  Klein
Date: 5/14/99
Time: 8:08:52 AM
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Great Idea. On the other hand, may I suggest that the fact that a donor has signed an agreement to have their organs donated does not necessarily clear the path. In many instances certain family members could attempt to get a court order preventing the cultivation of organs until a hearing is held on the issues. As an example of an issue that could be raised, was the person in a healthy frame of mind when the agreement was made?

The problem with organ transplants is that they don't last forever once the donor has died and in most cases they have to be used very quickly. If a court hearing had to be held to uphold the issue discussed earlier, most of the organs that are in critical demand would become worthless.

Other than that issue we do not see much of a problem. I would point out though that the pure logistics of the situation are not as clear as they should be. Assume that a computer is keeping a record of who has the most points and how critical that person's situation is. Another computer is keeping track of the donors that have died. Our donee turns out to be in Florida, not near an airport and our donor is in Wyoming. Getting organs from one to another would be impractical. This, is not necessarily a insurmountable problem because the computer in analyzing the situation can jump to the next recipient or donor to make transportation more compatible if you have created a situation where there are more organs available than people that need them. (And I believe you have). If you know that there are enough organs to pick from, you can get the recipient ready for surgery at a convenient location in advance knowing mathematically that an organ will be available at a time almost certain. With today's hit or miss theories, this is not possible.

We are all for the idea but believe that some enabling legislation is necessary to make sure that glitches don't occur. I believe that the government would have no problem passing legislation stating that if someone had agreed to donate organs, there would be no legal recourse that could be taken against it. They could make the process a little more complicated by making the donor sign the statement in front of someone that could judge his competency though, such as his physician.

I was a little surprised to see this type of crusade on a securities site but with the Internet, everything is possible. Good Luck with your campaign

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