Letters Presumed consent

Is prognosis key in donation?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39234.443646.3A (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1179
  1. Richard Bartley, physiotherapist
  1. Denbigh Infirmary, Denbigh, Clwyd LL16 3ES
  1. monty.python{at}mac.com

    Potts (previous letter) highlights an often misunderstood aspect of organ donation: that death is not always what it seems, especially to relatives.1 However, I wonder whether his concerns are predominantly motivated by theological considerations?

    I suspect the key word is prognosis, as accepted by a wide consensus of peers. The heart may still be beating, but if the prognosis is bleak why not let someone else have a chance of a longer life?


    • Competing interests: None declared.


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