Panel says organ donation is a religious consideration
Deseret News, UT - 2 hours ago 4-15-06
... Jehovah's Witnesses don't condone blood transfusions but do allow organ donations, according to ministers Carl Wickbom and Harry Diamond, who are both members ... [...Jehovah's Witnesses don't condone blood transfusions but do allow organ donations, according to ministers Carl Wickbom and Harry Diamond, who are both members of their faith's hospital liaison committee. It's an individual decision for Witnesses whether to accept donated organs and tissue, just as it's up to each individual to decide whether he will accept blood "fractions" such as albumin. ..] Panel says organ donation is a religious consideration U. medical school hosts discussion with local churches By Elaine Jarvik E-mail: [email protected]
Deseret Morning News The world's ancient, sacred texts say nothing about organ donation, of course. But that doesn't mean there aren't modern interpretations of what's encouraged and what's forbidden. Organ donation, as medical students at the University of Utah learned this week, is about religion as well as surgery. Interpretations depend largely on beliefs about body and soul. No religion says "thou shalt donate," as Indra Neelameggham of West Jordan's Hindu temple noted. But the spectrum of belief includes the Catholic Church's encouragement of organ donation as "an act of charity," as Sister Bridget Clare of the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese explained, and the Muslim prohibition about donating organs after death. Donation during the donor's lifetime — of a kidney, for example — is permitted according to Islamic teachings. But donations after death aren't permitted because Muslims believe "the body must be given back to God as it was given to us," explained Shuaib Din, imam of the Khadeeja Mosque in West Valley City. Din and Neelameggham were two of nine representatives from seven religions who took part in a panel sponsored by the medical school's Students for Organ Donation. According to Robin Ninefeldt, the group's president, the aim was to help students become more "culturally aware" of the needs of their future patients. Although Muslims prohibit donating an organ after death, they leave it up to each individual to decide whether to accept organs from other people who have died, Din said. "The body is a temporal gift," said Methodist minister Gary Perryman of Christ United Methodist Church. "So we have no problem with giving and receiving organs." Hindus, too, encourage organ donation, believing that in a subsequent lifetime we get another body and therefore should share the current one, after death, with someone who needs it. In India, said Neelameggham, people sometimes sell their organs to black markets in other countries. Hindus cremate their dead. The Baha'i, on the other hand, believe a body must be buried, and specify that it must be within one hour's journey from the place of death. The one hour can be by foot, car or plane, said pediatrician and Baha'i follower Atoosa Kourosh. Or space shuttle, she added. Donated organs, on the other hand, can go anywhere, as long as the body is treated with respect. There is no official Baha'i policy about organ donation, but the faith believes in a life of service, she said, so Baha'i are receptive to donating parts of their body. Jehovah's Witnesses don't condone blood transfusions but do allow organ donations, according to ministers Carl Wickbom and Harry Diamond, who are both members of their faith's hospital liaison committee. It's an individual decision for Witnesses whether to accept donated organs and tissue, just as it's up to each individual to decide whether he will accept blood "fractions" such as albumin. --------------------------------- Danny's footnote: o-kay o-kay,maybe this isn't new news but to tell you the truth i don't know,as the 'blood issue' is in such a constant flip-flop mutated state of flux that i can't keep up with developments.
'official' BLOOD fractions" individual decision"
Panel says organ donation is a religious consideration
Rock on, Danny!
it's up to each individual to decide whether he will accept blood "fractions" such as albumin.
So there you go. By implication, then, it is NOT up to each individual to decide whether he will accept a "primary" component of blood.
April 20 2006
Organ donations are a miracle or a form of blasphemy, depending on one's religion. Seven leaders from diverse faiths discussed their religions' stances on the ethics of organ donation in order to educate health-care professionals in the Health ... -------------------------- Jehovah's Witnesses are strict about not accepting any type of blood. Blood donations including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma are strictly forbidden. All other procedures and blood products, including albumin and immunoglobulin, are an individual's choice.
With a little help from his friends
Mail Tribune, OR - 2 4 minutes ago
... Conner, who is a Jehovah's Witness, declined a blood transfusion his doctors said was necessary. Jehovah's Witnesses believe blood ... By Paris Achen
Mail Tribune When senior Berkley Conner was diagnosed with leukemia seven months ago, his studies at Eagle Point High School came to a halt. Conner was taking a break from his advanced placement courses to travel to Mexico with his friend when the symptoms assailed him. "I was shaking and passing out," he said. "I could hardly walk. I didn't know what was going on." Midway through his trip to Mexico, he was forced to turn back and go to the emergency room at Rogue Valley Medical Center, where doctors found his red blood-cell count was down by two-thirds. Without a blood transfusion, he had two weeks to live. Thanks to treatment at Doernbechers Childrens Hospital in Portland and the encouragement of friends, family and his home tutor, Cecile Enright, Conner walked the stage at the Eagle Point High School stadium Friday to receive his diploma. "A few minutes after I turned in my last homework, it hit me I was done," Conner said. "I thought what am I going to do now? Lie around the house?" Today he will celebrate his high school graduation at a party with more than 100 family members and friends in Shady Cove. "We are just thrilled he is graduating," said his grandmother, Alice Conner, of Prineville. "We had a couple of touch-and-go times, and we were just glad he survived and got to graduate." His acute lymphoblastic leukemia is in remission. However, he still undergoes chemotherapy in hopes of keeping the disease at bay. After his diagnosis, Conner went to Doernbechers Children's Hospital in hopes of receiving alternative treatment. Conner, who is a Jehovah's Witness, declined a blood transfusion his doctors said was necessary. Jehovah's Witnesses believe blood transfusions are against the Bible based on a verse in Leviticus describing consequences for consuming blood. The hospital sought a court order to give Conner a transfusion, which was granted. When he returned home, the Eagle Point School District provided an at-home tutor, Cecile Enright, to help Conner complete the one and a half credits he needed to graduate. Conner's mother, Callie, gave up her work at the family's construction company to care for him. "I was always out of it and tired," Conner said. "A lot of times I was sick, and I couldn't do the school work." His mother, Enright and his best friend, Kathleen Ezangelista, did what they could to motivate him to forge ahead with his studies. "When you are so close to graduation and so worn down, you need someone to push you a little harder and tell you, you'll make it," said Ezangelista, who graduated with him."He finished his schoolwork before me, which is pretty amazing." Conner plans to attend Rogue Community College next year and hopes to eventually study civil engineering or physics at a university. He is engaged to Katie Scott, a home-school senior. They plan to marry in about a year. Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or [email protected]