What You Lose When You Sign Donor Card, By Dick Teresi

March 22nd, 2012

What You Lose When You Sign Donor Card

By DICK TERESI March 13, 2012

Wall Street Journal article by Dick Terisi

The last time I renewed my driver’s license, the clerk at the DMV asked if she should check me off as an organ donor. I said no. She looked at me and asked again. I said, “No. Just check the box that says, ‘I am a heartless, selfish bastard.’”

Becoming an organ donor seems like a win-win situation. Some 3.3 people on the transplant waiting list will have their lives extended by your gift (3.3 is the average yield of solid organs per donor). You’re a hero, and at no real cost, apparently. But what are you giving up when you check the donor box on your license?

Your organs, of course—but much more. You’re also giving up your right to informed consent. Doctors don’t have to tell you or your relatives what they will do to your body during an organ harvest operation because you’ll be dead, with no legal rights.


Oh my! This is not the “Full Circle Living” idea we expected!!!


- Eric

Thresholds Home and Family-Directed Funerals


May 6th, 2010

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