Organ Procurement and Transplantation

The Scope of the Problem
  • George P. SmithII


The Times of London reported on June 11, 1987 that on one of her reelection campaign stops, when approached to volunteer for LIFELINK, a transplant donor register, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher agreed and signed a statement acknowledging that her organs could be removed, upon her death, and that, specifically, her heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and skin could be given to patients awaiting transplants.1 As a registered donor, Mrs. Thatcher became one of 11,000 who have already become participants in a pilot project based in Birmingham that hopes to become a national computer record of all such potential donors. Ideally, all large British hospitals will subscribe to LIFELINK and thus be given direct computer access to the registered donors, so that when a patient dies, hospital authorities will be able to determine immediately if he were registered with LIFELINK.2


Final Selection Organ Procurement Registered Donor Artificial Kidney Cadaver Organ 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George P. SmithII
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  1. 1.The Catholic University of America School of LawUSA

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