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

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  6. bump says:

    Hello Eric:
    I wanted to let you know that a family must sign consent prior to any donation even if they sign up to become a donor. If you would like to learn more regarding tissue and organ donation in San Diego please visit http://www.lifesharing.org/

    The organs that are “harvested” are given to individuals that are on a transplant list that is regulation and controlled by a national organization called UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). Tissue donation is highly regulated by the FDA and is processed with very high standards.

    Everyone has a right to his or her opinion. I just wanted to share my with you.
    Regards and Best Wishes.

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  9. admin says:

    Greetings Ms. Bump,

    I appreciate learned opinion and thank you for your expression. Working in San Diego, I have worked directly with UCSD Lifesharing and San Diego Eye Bank. Dick Teresi’s articles are completely and entirely correct from the “pink dot” to the informed consent by families. It is a most fearful and dramatic event – to consider donation and it’s impact – or not and donate anyway… Think about this…

    Everyone, please do your research now and understand the impact of harvesting and donation!

    Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach.
    Or call me, Eric Putt, at Thresholds: (619) 289-7795, for more information.

    Thank you again, Ms. Bump.

    Peace and Blessings,

    - Eric
    FDR 2173

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