Ethical dilemma of recovering organs before donor death

Umair Khalid, Sarwat Khalil

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Organ transplant has had a momentous effect in improving global health over the years. However, there exists a sizeable discrepancy between the supply and demand of organs, especially in developing countries, where lack of expertise, financial constraints, and inadequate transplant facilities have been obstacles. According to current practice, donors must be dead before unpaired vital organs can be recovered. Equal health warrants needs-based health care for everyone. Recovering viable organs from donors while they are alive, but with death inevitable, may be significant to persons on waiting lists. Future policies in organ transplantation must be made after thorough consideration of all aspects of donation and dealing with the inequalities of health care. These pose a challenge for medicolegal and ethical organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-285
Number of pages2
JournalExperimental and Clinical Transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethics
  • Medicolegal
  • Organ donation
  • Organ transplant
  • Policy making


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