I am a nurse, and I am currently beginning the process and education to become a CNTC, certified nurse transplant coordinator. It will actually be my job to work with the families of both donor and recipient. Transplantation as always been a very gray area, both emotionally and ethically. I do not allow my personal feelings to reflect upon other peoples wishes in my work atmosphere. If you don't want to donate that is fine. I personally have seen the quality of live for some individuals not only after brain death but other not so severe injuries. I don't always believe that death is the worse thing that can happen to someone. As long as they, the individual, not the family per say are ready. I am personally a donor, but I have also set up a very extensive living will with the guidelines of my wishes. There is no easy answer to transplantation. But the thing to do is have a living will with your wishes outlined. As for children, you have to allow the parents to make their decision and fully support them. They need more support at that time in their life then ever before. They have to live with the choice everyday, always wondering what if. Yet many parents find peace in the fact that another child is able to live to see another day. Everyone has their opinion on the fact. There are thousands of articles and stories out there regarding the issues. But there are no easy answers.
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