Kidney Transplantation From Anencephalic Donors
Beller, Fritz K.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1987 Apr 23; 316(17): 1069-1070.
A team of West German physicians reports the results of three successful kidney transplantations from two anencephalic fetuses. Termination of pregnancy involving such fetuses is permitted in the Federal Republic of Germany where courts accept the concept that the anencephalic fetus, because of the absence of brain development, has never been alive despite the presence of a heartbeat. The descriptive term "brain-absent," which legally is equivalent to "brain-dead," has recently been applied to anencephaly. The authors cite the medical team's responsibility for obtaining parental consent with concern for the parents' psychological state and with respect toward the fetal donor. They object to relaxing protections for fetuses or newborns with defects less devastating than anencephaly and to offering remuneration to parents who agree to have organs removed from their dead anencephalic fetuses or newborns. (KIE abstract)
Aborted Fetuses; Abortion; Anencephaly; Brain; Brain Death; Brain Pathology; Consent; Death; Diagnosis; Donors; Fetal Tissue Donation; Fetuses; Kidneys; Kidney Transplantation; Legal Aspects; Newborns; Organ Donation; Parental Consent; Parents; Physicians; Prenatal Diagnosis; Pregnancy; Remuneration; Tissue Donation; Transplantation;
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