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October 13, 2004

Ethics of Surrogate Consent for Living Organ Donation—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(14):1684-1685. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1685-a

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.

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