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Organs harvested from Belgian euthanasia patients

Catholic World News - January 25, 2011

Belgian doctors have set up special protocols to harvest vital organs from patients who are choose euthanasia—which is legal in that country.

A December presentation to the Belgian Royal Medical Academy explained how organs for transplant could be retrieved from patients who have chosen to end their own lives with doctors’ help. Many of the patients who choose euthanasia suffer from diseases that do not directly affect the health of their vital organs, making them prime candidates for organ donations.

The protocol for organ donation requires the patient to be hospitalized, rather than to die at home as most patients prefer. To be suitable for donation, an organ must be removed from the donor within moments after death.

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  • Posted by: TreeRing - Jan. 25, 2011 9:18 PM ET USA

    Cannibalism is alive and well in some sectors of the medical profession and elsewhere. How creepy that some doctors apparently no longer consider the welfare of each and every one of their patients. Certainly when officials in our own country make statements that the government owns our organs, the US is not far behind. What a horrible future awaits us if we follow this road.

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