Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: We thank Dr Bramstedt for making
us aware of this case. It is substantially different from ours, however, as
there was prior knowledge of the patient's wishes concerning organ donation.
We believe that existence of this case provides support for the importance
of public discourse on the issue and development of a public policy embedded
in society's values. Such a policy could facilitate donation of organs for
transplant in accordance with patients' wishes without involvement of the
The Writing Committee of the UCLA Medical Center Ethics Committee and UCLA Renal Transplant Program. Surrogate Consent for Live Organ Donation—Reply. JAMA. 2004;291(17):2077. doi:10.1001/jama.291.17.2078