Trachea transplants. Medical and ethical assessment of Paolo Macchiarini’s experiments

An interesting article was published recently in “The American Journal of Bioethics” (read HERE), that gives a brief history of the controversial trachea transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini and his co-workers (see HERE) our previous news about the case)....

China breached international criminal law. Organs are harvested from political prisoners

China abuses in this and other fields have been published by our Observatory (for example frauduent trials scandal). On the other hand obtaining organs for transplantation from political prisoners has been fundamental to maintain donor organ levels in China for a substantial...

Leading doctors in reproductive medicine and transgender clinics open the door to trans women to get womb transplant

Ben Jones, a surgeon at Imperial and member of the Womb Transplant UK organisation is planning the first operations this year Dr Richard Paulson former president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said, in an interview in “The Mirror”, he could think...

A human heart left on a commercial airliner provides a glimpse into the nation’s transplant system. The obscure network of nonprofit organizations is questioned

With organ trafficking on the rise and nonprofit institutions implicated, a recent news article published by The Washington Post (see HERE) reveals the obscure and uncontrolled U.S. network of these organizations that collect and transport human organs and tissue. The heart...

First child born worldwide gestated in a uterus transplanted between twin sisters

News of the first baby in the world to be born after gestation in a womb transplanted between twin sisters in Hospital Santa Orsola in Bologna, Italy, was recently published in Spanish newspaper ABC . From a medical point of view, it is of interest to highlight that both mother...

Uterus transplantation is a promising treatment for women infertility but some bioethical aspects have not yet been solved

In 2014, the first child was born following uterus transplantation, two years after the transplant. Although uterine transplant is still in the experimental phase, it is a promising potential treatment for women suffering from infertility due to uterine causes. See our special...

The man with 3 faces, after an astonishing medical feat. What ethical difficulties can face-transplants pose?

“The man with three faces. These transplants pose, indeed, the question of identity”. Health professionals at Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris have performed a double face transplant (see HERE).  After the first transplant failed in  Jérôme Hamon of France, a...

The donation organs law of presumed consent of donors – opt-out – is being discussed in France and the UK

The organ donation, “A free act that should be a voluntary gift” is defended Based on an urgent necessity of organs, presumed consent of donors law is presented as a possible solution. But In France where this law has been regulating organ donation for decades, now is...

Penis transplantation. Ethical aspects that should not be ignored

The reasons for which penis transplantation may be required are varied and include work accidents, tumors and severe congenital abnormalities of the penis. It may also be required due to complications following circumcision, which occurs particularly in countries in which this...

UK Government announced “Everybody will be organ donor by law” which is provoking a large debate

“I would opt out because organ donation should be a present and not for the state to assume that they can take my organs without asking” Could measures who aims resolve the shortage of organs for transplant (see HERE) affect the end of life patients dignit...
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