Boy awakes from coma as parents sign papers to “donate” his organs

nintchdbpict000404081797.jpgIf you have trusted that the diagnosis of “brain death”, which is a pre-condition for the harvesting of human organs for donation, is reliable, think again.

Trenton McKinley’s parents had just signed papers to donate their son’s organs to other children. Doctors had been telling them that their boy was already dead, and that there was a line-up of five children who needed one of his organs.

But then, 13-year-old Terrence moved his hand. He moved his feet. And then he regained consciousness.

“Brain death” doesn’t mean that a person is dead. It means that the person is still alive – otherwise the harvesting of organs for transplantation purposes would not work out. It is a criterion that has specifically been developed to facilitate the work of the transplantation industry.

Meanwhile in Germany, where trust in the system is fading, politicians are working on a bill that would make everyone a potential organ “donor”, except if he or she explicitly objects.