A human heart left on a commercial airliner provides a glimpse into the nation’s transplant system. The obscure network of nonprofit organizations is questioned

With organ trafficking on the rise and nonprofit institutions implicated, a recent news article published by The Washington Post (see HERE) reveals the obscure and uncontrolled U.S. network of these organizations that collect and transport human organs and tissue. The heart...

Is the success of organ transplantation “Spanish model” due to the current law of organ donation presumed consent?

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) article titled Will an opt-out organ transplant law save lives? referred to the English legal initiatives explains in few words the sate of the art in Spain (read entire article HERE). The authors affirmed, Spain is often cited as having t...

First child born worldwide gestated in a uterus transplanted between twin sisters

News of the first baby in the world to be born after gestation in a womb transplanted between twin sisters in Hospital Santa Orsola in Bologna, Italy, was recently published in Spanish newspaper ABC . From a medical point of view, it is of interest to highlight that both mother...

Europe rejects “Global Kidney Exchange Project”. This apparently solidarity initiative mask authentic “trafficking in human organs”

The initiative encourages the “risk of exploitation”. See video below The European Committee on Organ Transplantation has unanimously approved the absolute rejection of the project promoted from the United States of global kidney exchange (see here promotion site). The Global...

The man with 3 faces, after an astonishing medical feat. What ethical difficulties can face-transplants pose?

“The man with three faces. These transplants pose, indeed, the question of identity”. Health professionals at Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris have performed a double face transplant (see HERE).  After the first transplant failed in  Jérôme Hamon of France, a...

Human-sheep hybrids created for the first time to develop organs

Human-sheep hybrids have been created for the first time by scientists at Stanford University (see New advances and challenges in the production of human-animal chimeras). The scientists grew the embryos in a surrogate sheep, allowing them to gestate up to 3 weeks (see HERE )....

The donation organs law of presumed consent of donors – opt-out – is being discussed in France and the UK

The organ donation, “A free act that should be a voluntary gift” is defended Based on an urgent necessity of organs, presumed consent of donors law is presented as a possible solution. But In France where this law has been regulating organ donation for decades, now is...

Transplant of cryopreserved ovarian tissue to leukemia surivivor women. A healthy child have already been born

First child healthy born from a leukemia cancer survivor More than 80 children have already been born worldwide after cryopreserved ovarian tissue-transplantation in women who, due to disease or medical treatment, could lose the chance to have children in the future. Over the...

Why is organ retrieval from brain-dead donors made frequently with anaesthesia?

An article published in The Journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, titled Anaesthesia for organ donation in the brainstem dead — why bother?  (see HERE) defends the necessity to use anaesthesia for harvesting organs in this kind of donors. The...

After a person’s heart stops, the cellular activity and brain waves may continue

“Within about 3 minutes,” lead author Jens Dreier, a professor at the Center for Stroke Research Berlin, wrote to Newsweek in an email, “the brain’s fuel reserves have become depleted.” When that happens, the mechanisms that brain cells use to keep ions separated, somethi...