According to a lawsuit filed in New York City, doctors are being
pressured to declare people brain dead so that their
organs may be harvested for transplants.
The whistleblower lawsuit by Patrick McMahon, a former nurse
practitioner, claims the non-profit New York Organ Donor Network
hired coaches to train employees on how to be more persuasive to
doctors and family members.
Rita Marker of the Patients Rights Council tells OneNewsNow the
lawsuit is overdue.
"When you have someone who is truly dead, other parts of his or
her body can certainly be used for transplant. But the operative
word is 'truly' dead," she notes.
"There are so many different definitions of brain
death -- you could be considered brain dead in one state,
and across the state line, which could be a mile away, you could be
considered not dead."
For example, when a person is still breathing on his or
her own, that person is not dead.
"But they are stretching the limits of this now, and so there
are people who are pushing, pushing, pushing," Marker
declares. "And they justify it by saying, Well, this person's
going to be dead really soon, anyway. Why can't they be helpful in
saving someone else's life? -- that's the rationale. The
point, however, is that they are not dead."
Marker poses a different scenario to illustrate her point: If a
person's organs were not to be transplanted, and the person was
still breathing, would the family agree to go ahead and
have him or her buried or cremated while still alive? She
believes "they would probably say no. They would be horrified,
because the person is actually not dead."