Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: The number of organs needed for individuals
on organ donation waiting lists continues to exceed the number available.
In our article, we considered the possibility of addressing this gap by allowing
surrogates to donate the organs of patients who have been declared to be in
persistent or permanent vegetative state (PVS). We argued that this proposal
has the potential for errors that could undermine public support for organ
donation, while yielding a modest number of organs.
Wendler D, Emanuel E. Ethics of Surrogate Consent for Living Organ Donation—Reply. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1684-1685. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1685-a