There are a couple ongoing cases in my area in which parents are (attempting to) refuse to consider an organ transplant for their children, who are considered good candidates for transplant by the clinical teams. I can’t share specifics on those cases, but the two cases seem to be heading towards opposite resolutions. This has myself and a couple of my classmates curious about why these two cases are being handled so differently, and what the ethical/medical considerations are when a parent wants to refuse a transplant for their child.
If a child is considered to be a good candidate for organ transplant, when is it acceptable for the parent to refuse to put them on the list/refuse an organ? When is it appropriate to take legal action, in order to overrule the parents and provide a life saving transplant? Are the ethical considerations different here than in, say, refusing a blood transfusion, because of the long term consequences of transplant and/or the nature of donor organs as a limited resource?
I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with this, or more educated insight into the matter.
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