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Hastings Cent Rep. 1987 Dec;17(6):36-8.

From Canada with love: anencephalic newborns as organ donors?

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Boston University School of Medicine.



The case of Baby Gabriel--a Canadian anencephalic newborn whose heart was transplanted posthumously into an infant at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California after his parents chose to proceed with his birth and with efforts to prolong his life so that his organs could be transplanted--serves as a springboard to discuss the law and morality of using anencephalic newborns as organ sources. The central policy choice is whether such use should be abandoned because there is currently no clinically accepted means to determine brain death in these infants, or whether research should be undertaken to establish valid criteria for declaring death in anencephalic newborns and to determine how these infants fare with ventilator support. Such research is underway in Canada although it is blocked in the U.S. by federal regulations.

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