Tracheal transplants debate performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital continues

The debate regarding the ethicality of the tracheal transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm continues. A consequence of this controversy has been the resignation of Anders Hamsten as Vice-Chancellor of the Karolinska Institute, the same...

First organ transplants from a newborn in the United Kingdom

The first organ transplants have been performed in Hammersmith Hospital of London using organs from a newborn who died 6 days after birth. The kidneys and part of the liver were harvested. One recipient with renal failure received kidneys, and another was given a transfusion of...

Organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners. The issue remains unresolved

Although legal provisions were published in January 2015 regulating organ donation from prisoners on death row in China, in practice this has meant only that informed consent is required and that the organs obtained are labelled as voluntary donations from citizens. The inclusion...

“Baby factories” providing children for sale in Nigeria

These “baby factories” refer to buildings, hospitals or orphanages that encourage young girls or women to give birth to children for sale on the black market, often to infertile couples, singles, homosexuals or to organ trafficking rings. The authors said, “Pregnant women...

Has been proposed the use of organs from babies born with lethal malformation for transplants. An ethical approach

The British National Health Service is encouraging pregnant women whose unborn child has some sort of lethal malformation to continue their pregnancy so that the organs of the children can be used for transplantation after birth. A unspecified number of clinicians apparently...

Latest outcomes of artificial hearts for transplant

Artificial hearts for trasplant results. The first total artificial heart transplant in a human took place in Paris in December 2013, and was received with great medical and media interest, because it opened the door to a cure for thousands of heart patients who do not have...

Face transplant in an American firefighter. Ethical assessment and a brief historical review

By far the most extensive performed successfully Patrick Hardison is a 41-year-old former American firefighter who suffered facial burns while trying to save the life of a woman in a fire. The burns resulted in severe facial disfigurement, causing him major problems with vision,...

Uterus transplant, birth of the first child. Ethical approach

Last 5th October, the birth of the first child born to a woman who had received a uterus transplant was published in medical journal The Lancet (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61728-1). The birth occurred on 4th September. From a medical point of view, this is clearly an important...