Role Of Ethical Dilemmas In Organ Donation

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Organ donation is a very honorable and respected act anyone can partake in. The ability for some to choose to donate their organs if they were to die gives people a sense of accomplishment in their life as well as a sense of giving. People give careful thought into donating their organs for someone else to use. To go against their wishes after death seems like a direct disgrace towards their memory. Unless the organs are unusable then the wish of the donor should be upheld no matter what anyone from his or her family say. The Ethical dilemma presented is about a young man, JD, that had just been in a motor vehicle accident and sustained massive head trauma and neurological injury. The young man is in a vegetative state for four weeks before…show more content…
Its main dilemmas act on the patient’s autonomy and the religious beliefs of the patient’s family. The hospital is trying to walk the thin line of legal but also the right thing to do, and the organ donor candidates are at the mercy of what the parents and hospital decide. Aside from this the parents should also consider the other patients that can be saved from the death of their son. The experience of losing a son can be traumatizing, but to be able to see that he will not be forgotten but thanked for the rest of the next patient’s life has its own merits and should be heavily looked at especially because the parents are religious and most likely want to help others. The patient has the ability to decide what he does on his own. He, like other patients, have autonomy because they can understand their situation and make decisions based on that. In this case the patient cannot respond and will die soon. He made his wishes clear though that he would like to be an organ donor and hence should be allowed to donate his organs to other people in need of organs. As for the parent’s religious beliefs, the hospital should respect their wishes and accommodate as much as possible, but ultimately decide on what is best for the hospital. The ERF’s in this case directly clash with each other due to the completely opposite positions they represent. The parents want to have their son be put off of life support and laid to rest, while the son had become an organ donor and wanted to give his organs to anyone in need of one. The patient’s autonomy and parent’s religious beliefs come into direct opposition because of this complicating the process for the hospital and leading them to choose between honoring a vegetative patient’s organ donor status and letting his parents decide what to
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