For terminally ill patients, often one of the last willful acts of good that can be performed is the donation of organs to save others’ lives. But a complex intersection of time constraints, ethical standards, and legal definitions can sometimes make it difficult to achieve a successful transplantation. In hopes of bringing attention to these issues and fostering further discussion, two UW surgeons recently published an article in The Atlantic titled “As They Lay Dying” about their experience with a patient in just such a scenario. One of the authors, Joshua Mezrich, joined the Buzz to tell us about these obstacles and potential ideas for improving the system in place.
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