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Can Hollywood screenwriter donate organs to others after COVID-19 infection and suicide?

Can Hollywood screenwriter donate organs to others after COVID-19 infection and suicide?



 

Can Hollywood screenwriter donate organs to others after COVID-19 infection and suicide?

 

According to a New York Times report on the 9th, Hollywood screenwriter Heidi Farrell suffered long-term symptoms after contracting the COVID-19 virus. He committed suicide at the end of May this year at the age of 50.

 

Because she signed an organ donation consent form before she was alive, the hospital removed her internal organs before removing the respirator.

 

However, this has also triggered an urgent debate among medical professionals: Can those who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus but died due to other causes, or even if the organs of patients who have died after being infected with the COVID-19, can be donated to others for use?

 

Whether the organs of patients who died from the COVID-19 can be donated to others for use has aroused heated discussions in the medical community. Source: Yahoo NewsWhether the organs of patients who died from the COVID-19 can be donated to others for use has aroused heated discussions in the medical community. 

 

Can Hollywood screenwriter donate organs to others after COVID-19 infection and suicide?

Whether the organs of patients who died from COVID-19 can be donated to others has aroused heated discussions in the medical community. Source: Yahoo News

 


Patients with “COVID-19 Long-Term Symptoms” Sign Organ Donation Agreements Before Death

 

According to reports, Heidi Farrell’s husband, Hollywood producer and director Nick Guss pointed out that his wife has been infected with the new coronavirus for a very long time, and his internal organs may no longer be suitable for transplantation to other patients. He said: “I am afraid that these organs may kill the people undergoing the transplant operation.”

 

Can Hollywood screenwriter donate organs to others after COVID-19 infection and suicide?

Heidi Farrell and Nick Guss Source: Yahoo NewsHeidi Farrell and Nick Guss Source: Yahoo News

 

How to safely remove organs from the deceased who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus and transplant the organs into other patients has not been uniformly regulated by the health authorities so far.

 

Many patients with “long-term symptoms of the COVID-19” will not be positive when tested for the virus. However, some researchers worry that the new coronavirus may remain in the body of the deceased who has been infected and cause infection through organ transplantation.

 

Franklin, a medical consultant of the Organ Acquisition Organization Association, pointed out that at the beginning of the epidemic, due to the limited knowledge of the medical community, as long as it is a patient infected with the COVID-19, it is not possible to donate organs.

 

According to a case report published in the American Journal of Transplantation, a woman was infected with the new coronavirus last year after receiving the lungs of a donor who tested negative for the virus through a nasal swab.

 

In addition, German scientists performed autopsy on the bodies of 27 patients who died of the COVID-19, and the virus was found in the kidney and heart tissue of more than 60% of the dead. Researchers also found this infection in lung, liver and brain tissue.

 

 


The strategy of major organ transplant organizations in the U.S. has shifted

 

Despite this, the strategies of major organ transplant organizations in the United States have now changed. Generally speaking, the lungs of infected patients will not be used for organ donation. But even if the donors test positive for the virus, as long as they have no symptoms, their kidneys or liver will be recovered for transplantation.

 

Dr. David Clarkson, chief medical officer of the United Network for Organ Sharing in the United States, said that decisions must be made on a “case-by-case basis.”

 

“This is indeed a risk-return calculation,” he said. “Many people waiting for organs are dying. They may live only a few days. If they do not receive a transplant, they will not be able to survive.” In the United States, more than 100,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, and about 17 people die during the waiting period. .

 

Doctors from another organization, the American Transplant Society, said they would not obtain any organs from any patient who tested positive for infection and showed signs of disease.

 

It is reported that in the United States, the regulations on accepting organs from deceased donors who may be infected with HIV or hepatitis C have been relaxed in recent years.

 

 

 

 

 

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