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Organs must be given, not taken.

Byline: By Denise Robertson

I am all in favour of organ donation. I can think of nothing better than someone seeing with my eyes or regaining a full life with one of my other organs. But I shrink from Sir Liam Donaldson's suggestion that organ donation should become automatic and subject to an opt-out instead of an opt-in. Organs must be removed immediately if they are to be of use. For a team to intrude into a room where a widow is still holding the hand of a dead husband or a parent clutching a dead child would be ghastly... even worse to intrude beforehand, once a patient was deemed brain- dead... unless that widow, that parent had agreed, ahead of the eventuality of death. I could only support such a scheme if every person in the country, or their representative, is given a form to study and sign yes or no. If a form was not returned it should be regarded as a No. It should also carry the agreeing signature of next of kin so we can be sure that the matter has been discussed well in advance. Sign up now as a gesture of love. Don't wait for authority to pre-empt your right to choose.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 24, 2007
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