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Death and dying

The hidden trauma of organ donation

Joanne M van Os
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (11): 612-613.

My 16-year-old daughter’s heart saved the life of another teenage girl, and her other organs were used to save or improve the lives of six other people. I still believe in organ donation, but there are facts about the donation process that are emotionally confronting and difficult, and we should be given better information so that we are more prepared for the realities of it. These facts should be made clear to anyone considering organ donation, but especially to those who have to make the final decision.

Joanne M van Os
Darwin, NT.

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