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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Japan's first child organ transplant donor

This news is not for the weak at heart.
A boy less than 15 years old was confirmed to be brain dead in an unidentified hospital in the Kanto-Koshinetsu region of Japan at 7:37 Tuesday after he figured from a vehicular accident, in a report from the Yomiuri Shimbun.
The first brain death diagnosis was made at 20:25 Monday.
With his family's consent, he will become the nation's first child to become a multiple-organ donor.
The Japan Organ Transport Network—the lone body certified as a mediator for organ transplants—said the young boy was brought in to a hospital after suffering from serious head injuries secondary to a road accident.
Three family members were informed that it was highly likely that his brains have lost most of its functions.
In a statement read by Juntaro Ashikari, the network's medical section chief said, "Our son told us he wants to do a job that would be of great service to society. His wish didn't come true as his brain didn't recover. But his body hung in there with all the strength he had left.
"We've all agreed this is an action that would suit him. If parts of his body continue to live on in someone else, we feel it will offer a small measure of comfort in the grief we feel at losing him."
Under Japan's Revised Organ Transplant Law, unless a child under 15 previously expressed a will to refuse organ donation, the procedure is allowed if the family agrees.
The boy in this case did not leave any instructions before his brain death.
The boy's heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestines will be harvested and will be transplanted to needy patients at Osaka University Hospital and four other medical centers.
Details of this report here.

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