Monday, June 30, 2008

Um... You donate. They Sell.

Docs push for cash-for-organ studies - Health care-
Most people who donate organs after death need no reward beyond altruism, but others could use a little nudge, according to the nation’s doctors.

What’s not so clear to the American Medical Association is what kind of incentives — and in what amounts — might encourage potential organ donors and their family members to follow through.

Donations of organs like hearts and livers are regulated zealously, but when it comes to human tissues -- ligaments, tendons, bones, skin and other body parts -- there is little oversight. This situation worries a growing number of experts, who fear that improperly handled tissue can transmit dangerous or even lethal infections.

A 23-year old student in Minnesota, Brian Lykins, died in November, after being given donor knee tissue the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later determined was infected with Clostridium sordellii, a close relative of the bacteria that cause gas gangrene. Since his death, the centers have turned up six more cases of clostridial infections in knee surgery patients around the country.


Your donation's of organs and tissues are sold. there is much money to be made by all, excepting your family of course.

But, increasingly, donor tissue is being collected, processed and sold by subsidiaries of for-profit companies, in a rapidly growing industry that is largely unregulated.

There is no central registry of people who receive this tissue, so it is not clear how many tissue transplant recipients are being harmed. Last year, tissue banks distributed more than 750,000 grafts, and there were few reports of serious complications. Donor tissue unquestionably saves lives and helps thousands of people each year with a growing list of life-enhancing products like knee ligaments and bone cement.


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My name is Robbie Zappa, I founded this website. I had neck surgery done on July 11th, 2005, that is where the stolen tissue is implanted. The stress that has been created for us is unbelievable. I'm sure many of you are in the same situation. You tell someone of your problem and their mouth about hits the floor in disbelief. Then you show them your certified letter, and then it's a look of horror on their faces. I have been very fortunate so far, no one seems to treat me as if I have the plague. But, I am one of the lucky ones; my first set of tests came back negative.


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