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January 17, 2017
The decision not to receive further medical care in the face of a terminal disease is one that is generally honored if made by a fully informed, competent adult in the absence of outside coercion. Decisions to discontinue life-assisting devices already in place with that terminal disease, such as ventilators, feeding tubes and cardiac pacemakers, begin to complicate the decision as the process moves beyond... // Read More »
February 15, 2014
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch have announced that they've successfully grown fresh human lungs from tissue borrowed from damaged lungs. Researchers took lungs that were too damaged to be used in transplant, and stripped all cell...
June 6, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In case you have not heard, the big bioethics story this week comes out of Philadelphia where a 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis is in need of a lung transplant to survive.…
July 9, 2013 2:34 pm
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who received a new pair of lungs last month after challenging organ donation guidelines, has contracted pneumonia in her right lung.
June 10, 2013 2:13 pm
Today, organ transplant experts are meeting to review the guidelines for children.
June 6, 2013 6:57 pm
Thursday, the same judge has ordered that a second child at a Philadelphia hospital — a New York City boy — be put on the adult waiting list for donated lungs too, even though neither he nor Murnaghan technically qualify for the list based on their age.
June 4, 2013 4:51 pm
Although adults make up the majority of the lung transplant waiting list, bioethicist Art Caplan said children should be given priority if they’re sicker than those adults.
May 29, 2013 1:42 pm
The parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl are urging officials to change the policy regarding organ transplants to allow the sickest to receive the first available appropriate donation, regardless of age.
May 7, 2013 2:09 pm
In halachic precedent, Israel’s former Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron rules life-saving organ donation can be received from HIV-positive patient, even if recipient may be infected with disease.
April 22, 2013 2:43 pm
Should parents be required to tell donor children of their origins? An influential British think-tank says No.
March 14, 2013 1:07 pm
A woman who was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007 has delivered a healthy baby girl, believed to be the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth.
February 13, 2013 12:37 pm
Should users of medical marijuana be prevented from getting needed organ transplants? Not according to a bill being considered by state legislators, which treats medical marijuana as no different from any other prescription drug.
December 18, 2012 5:02 pm
Jennifer Wederell was given the lungs of a 20-a-day smoker. A year after the operation she died of cancer. Husband says she would never have agreed to transplant had she known.
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