An Ethical Thinking about the Organ Donation after the Heart Dying
The shortage of organs is an international common issue. There are more than 9000 patients waiting for a organ in Taiwan. 7000 of them are patients, with end stage of kidney disease, waiting for a kidney. There are only 200 kidneys donated per year. The critical problem is how to balance the demands and supplies of organs. In some countries, they restart the non-heart beating organ donation program to increase the amount of donated organs, so that more patients could survive. Their achievement is great. By contrast, in Taiwan, the donors have to be diagnosed to be brain death according to the Procedure of the Judgement of Brian Death since 1987, the year that uman Organ Transplantation Act?was signed into law. The techniques of organ donation after cardiac death were suspended consequently. In the past three years, transplantation specialists discussed this non-heart beating organ donation issue again under the prospects of ethic, laws and techniques, in order to ethically restart organ donation after cardiac death. By doing so, more patients could be benefited in the future.