Medical News and Perspectives
July 9, 2003

Living-Donor Transplants Reexamined

JAMA. 2003;290(2):181-182. doi:10.1001/jama.290.2.181

Washington—A top transplant surgeon has called into question the ethics of living-donor transplants, citing the deaths of five kidney donors and one liver donor in the United States over the past 4 years.

Speaking to several hundred transplant surgeons and other physicians at the American Transplant Congress held here in early June, Francis Delmonico, MD, director of renal transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, said that he senses a growing unease over the practice of transplanting organs from living donors. A living donor is "not just a client or a commodity," he said.

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