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Organ Transplantation: Ethical and Legal Challenges

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid via edX

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The first successful organ transplantation was performed in 1954. Since then, the technique has evolved tremendously, giving hope and increased quality of life to many patients around the world. While the technology and drugs advance, several controversies persist regarding the way in which organs may be obtained.

Some of these dilemmas arose on the very first day in which organs’ transplantation originated; others have emerged as a result of new phenomena such as transplantation tourism, the new possibilities brought by donation after cardio-circulatory death, or increasing knowledge about the remaining physiological functions detected in patients pronounced as brain dead.

Almost all countries in the world forbid the selling of organs. Why? Although many people die while on the waiting lists, in no country does the Government confiscate cadaveric organs. Why? May minors be organ donors? Should we abandon the so-called “dead donor rule” and allow “organ-donation euthanasia”? How does the potential condition of becoming a donor influence the administration of end-of-life care? How should we avoid the eventual conflict of interests between those who care for the life of future recipients of organs and those who are in charge of the dying patient-eventual-donor?

In this course we will explore the answers to these questions, and we will also engage in the assessment of the more recent challenges posed by novel transplantation techniques, and, albeit briefly, in the discussion regarding the fair distribution of organs.

Taught by

Pablo de Lora and Alicia Pérez Blanco

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Thank you so much for such a great course. It was totally out of my expectations, the scope and the issues covered was beyond what I expected. I uncover many new things, new learnings and also new issues surrounding the ethical part of organ donation. I learnt many new things and also challenged many of my old thoughts especially when I get to know some of the practices around the world. The disadvantage for me will be since the videos all are in Spanish and some of the articles are purely in Spanish, and I am not able to read or understand Spanish, but I do thank the organizers for putting up subtitles for most of the videos and most articles able to be translated to English, so I am still able to grasp about 80% of the overall course. I must admit it has been a great journey for me embarking on this course. Thank you once again for such effort and I hope I can implement some of the things i learn back to where I work as I am also in the organ donation team for my hospital.
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I really liked the content of the course, it was very enjoyable. However, i really struggled through it at times as most of it was only English captions which i found a lot harder to process than that of a English voice over. Also lots of the readings were in not in English so i could not engage in them ans some you had to pay for which i was not prepared to do. I did really enjoy the little tests i found they really helped my understanding. overall it was not bad.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I really liked the content of the course, it was very enjoyable. However, i really struggled through it at times as most of it was only English captions which i found a lot harder to process than that of a English voice over. Also lots of the readings were in not in English so i could not engage in them ans some you had to pay for which i was not prepared to do. I did really enjoy the little tests i found they really helped my understanding. overall it was not bad.
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This course is one of its kind as it truly exposed me to many of the interesting cases in organ donation and at the same time explore many ethical issues involving organ donation that some truly is difficult to answer. I learnt alot and many input from various practices around the world helps me to understand better how culture affects our management. It is a mind-blowing course for me. Thank you to all the instructors and facilitators of this course.
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Thank you so much for organising this course! I have learnt a lot, gained a little more insights than I have had before taking up this course. Also improved my understanding, and hence enhanced my interest, in the legal and ethics aspects of Organ Transplantation!

Thank you very much for your great and hard work!!

Kind regards,

Joe Jye
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