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BMJ. 2007 June 9; 334(7605): 1179.
PMCID: PMC1889965
Presumed Consent

Is prognosis key in donation?

Richard Bartley, physiotherapist

Potts (previous letter) highlights an often misunderstood aspect of organ donation: that death is not always what it seems, especially to relatives.1 However, I wonder whether his concerns are predominantly motivated by theological considerations?

I suspect the key word is prognosis, as accepted by a wide consensus of peers. The heart may still be beating, but if the prognosis is bleak why not let someone else have a chance of a longer life?


Competing interests: None declared.


1. English V. Is presumed consent the answer to organ shortages? Yes. BMJ 2007;334:1088 (26 May.) [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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