Surrogate Consent for Live Organ Donation

Katrina A. Bramstedt*

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To the Editor: In their Controversies article, Ms Brown-Saltzman and colleagues1 described a case in which a family made a surrogate decision about organ donation on behalf of a living donor. Although the authors stated that "we are unaware of a legal precedent applicable to this case," there was in fact a related case in Ohio in 1998.2 The patient had been in a coma for 3 weeks and was registered with the state as an organ donor via his automobile driver's license. The judge ruled that a kidney could be removed and given to the patient's brother, on the rationale that the comatose patient's condition was irreversible, he could still live (comatose) with 1 kidney, and there was prior evidence that the patient wanted to be an organ donor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2077-2078
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2004
Externally publishedYes


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