Determining the moment of death remains of singular importance for ethically assessing organ donation. Our Observatory has published many articles about this issue. A recent study discusses the issue, with particular reference to a law promoted in the United States, the “Uniform Determination of Death Act” (UDDA), which specifies that death occurs when an individual has sustained irreversible cessation of both circulatory and neurological functions. In our view, however, the most thought-provoking point the article is one that refers to the issue of organ donation: “The interests of the donor as a person are paramount, and no interest of organ recipients or of the greater society can justify negation of the rights and bodily integrity of the person who is a donor”. Statment we support from the begining of the debate.
A still debated issue: the moment of the death of a person. A step forward
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