Posted 11 April 2007 - 09:06 AM
Does anyone know what the 'official' position on organ/tissue donation is for scleroderma patients? I know that for people who lived in UK during a certain period of time or for any length of time, they can't give blood or tissue (Mad Cow Disease concerns), but apparently organs are OK because they are 'life-saving'.
Posted 11 April 2007 - 09:42 AM
Hi JJ Knitter,
That's a good question! We have a whole section on the issue of organ donation for scleroderma patients
Or, better yet, start at Postmortem Overview which includes organ donation but also covers issues like autopsy.
Unpleasant topics, for sure. But all of us face end-of-life issues, either sooner or later (hopefully, a lot later!).
Founder and President
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)
Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099
The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.
Posted 11 April 2007 - 11:30 AM
You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate
my HMO makes me wear a helmet...
Posted 11 April 2007 - 05:38 PM
As part of the checkin process for my recent ablation I was asked if I was an organ donor. I told them yes, but my organs probably couldn't be used due to scleroderma's affect on them. She said that my skin would be very valuable since it hasn't been affected. We have a big burn center here so she said that skin grafts are always needed. So I'm keeping the organ donation thing on my liscense.
Shelley -thanks for the info on cadavar donation. That was something I was considering, but no longer.