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November 1, 2004

When Living Related Organ Donation Does Not Entail a Healthy OrganMoral Implications for Both the Donor and the Recipient

Arch Surg. 2004;139(11):1259. doi:10.1001/archsurg.139.11.1259

When transplantation of an unhealthy organ from a living donor is the last chance for survival, both the donor and the recipient are faced with a difficult situation that requires the donor’s complete freedom and generosity and the recipient’s full awareness of the risks involved. Therefore, the recipient confronts the risks caused by the unhealthy organ and the right to live; if there are no other forms of cure available, the recipient must consciously accept that survival entails a reduction in quality of life.

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