Education And Debate

Altruism by proxy: volunteering children for bone marrow donation

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:240

Should children ever be allowed to donate bone marrow to help treat their sisters or brothers? Can their parents give informed consent to an invasive procedure that is not in the child's own best interests? Linda Delany, an academic lawyer, suggests that such donations are legally questionable. We invited a range of interested professionals to give their opinions.

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