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Lawsuit Questions Organ Donor Methods

Baisha Kreuzer4 years ago

According to a report by the New York Post, the New York Organ Donor Network has been pressuring hospital staffers to declare admitted patients brain dead for rights to obtain their body parts and organs. Patrick McMahon, an Air Force combat veteran and nurse practitioner, told the New York Post that he was fired as a transplant coordinator for objecting to the practice.

Lawsuit Alleges Network Used Quota System                      

A lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that the organ donor network used a quota system and pressured next of kin to consent to making a patient an organ donor. Examples of improper harvesting were noted in the suit, according to the New York Post, including:

  • A man injured in a car wreck was admitted to Nassau University Medical Center, still showing signs of brain activity. Doctors declared him brain dead under pressure from donor officials, and the family was persuaded to consent to organ donation.
  • A woman was admitted to St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx with faint signs of life. A neurologist ignored McMahon's objections and declared her brain dead.
  • The lawsuit also alleges that the network hired marketing and sales professionals to teach its team how to provide more persuasive pitches based on demographics.

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