“Organ donation ethics: How doctors decide who gets a transplant”

This is a repost of an article on the CBC website. :

Organ donation ethics: How doctors decide who gets a transplant

One-third of Canadians needing organ transplants never receive one

By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:24 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 30, 2015 1:03 PM ET

With organs a scarce commodity for the many patients needing transplants, doctors are forced into making tough decisions that sometimes determine who gets to live.

“Telling someone that they’re not a candidate for a transplant is, in some cases, is denying them a life-saving therapy,” says Steven Paraskevas, president  of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and a transplant surgeon at McGill University Health Centre. “And that is one of the most difficult issues, I think, that physicians have to wrestle with in our field.”

Each year, more than 1,600 Canadians’ names are added to transplant wait lists, according to the Canadian Transplant Society. One-third of those who need a new organ never receive one, according to Canadian Blood Services.

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