Organ donation – deceased's versus relative's wishes

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Suggestions to take the weight of relative's shoulders are:

- Enshrining wishes in a will and informing relatives of the same;

- Organ donor cards could acknowledge that our wishes are in our wills;

- The organ donor registry could store an electronic copy of the will;

- Penalty clauses could be included for failure to allow a donation.

To some relatives this may take the decision from them and allow them to feel that they are complying with their loved ones wish letting an organ donation take place. Others they may feel that a final and very important decision is being taken away from them when they are in a very vulnerable state.

This will always be a very emotive subject and as yet remains unresolved. The  losers here, if it remains unresolved, are those who could have benefitted from a donated organ.

Patricia Wakeford
Solicitor  - Clinical negligence team

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