Archive for June 12th, 2008

Back from Dead’ Case Stuns Doctors
Organ Donors, Take Note

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 12 2008

THE case of a man whose heart stopped beating for 1-1/2 hours only to revive just as doctors were preparing to remove his organs for transplants is fuelling ethical debates in France about when a person is dead.

The 45-year-old man suffered a massive heart attack and rescuers used cardiac massage to try and revive him without success before transferring him to a nearby hospital.

Due to a series of complex circumstances, revival efforts continued for longer than usual for a patient whose heart was not responding to treatment, until doctors started preparations to remove organs.

It was at that point that the astonished surgeons noticed the man was beginning to breathe unaided again, his pupils were active, he was giving signs that he could feel pain — and finally, his heart started beating again.

Several weeks later, the man can walk and talk.

“This situation was a striking illustration of the questions that remain in the field of re-animation … and what criteria can be used to determine that a re-animation has failed,” says a report on the case, published online by an ethics committee.

The case has stirred debate among medical professionals and daily newspaper Le Monde on Tuesday dedicated a full page to the subject under the headline: “The organ donor wasn’t dead”.

“What is under consideration here is the status of a person, whether they are a patient who can be re-animated or a potential (organ) donor,” said the ethics committee report.

The hospital where the man was treated is one of only nine in France that are allowed to perform organ transplants on patients in cardiac arrest, in very specific conditions, under a pilot programme launched in 2007. Elsewhere, organ transplants are possible on other categories of patients under older rules.

The programme, which was approved by the French agency in charge of bio-ethics, aims to help reduce the number of people waiting for a transplant by making it possible to take organs from new categories of patients.

Le Monde said more than 13,000 people were waiting for transplants in France and 231 people died last year as a direct result of the lack of a donor. The newspaper said the pilot programme had already yielded an extra 60 organs.

Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), a body that runs public hospitals in the Paris region, has set up a committee specifically to discuss ethical issues arising from the practice of transplants on people in cardiac arrest.

The committee, made up of medical professionals involved in the revival of heart attack patients as well as organ transplants, held lengthy discussions on the case of the man on Feb. 19 and a summary was later published on the AP-HP website.

“During the meeting, other re-animators … spoke of situations in which a person whom everyone was sure had died in fact survived after re-animation efforts that went on much longer than usual,” say the minutes of the committee meeting.

“Participants conceded that these were completely exceptional cases, but ones that were nevertheless seen in the course of a career.”


Send in the Clowns? Special Attire for Men of God?

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 12 2008

by Scott Smelser, Gettysburg church of Christ

Matthew 23 “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’

We here at definitely have our particular beliefs concerning scripture-for example see “What Must I do to be Saved”. Those articles can be found on the site but typically, here our focus has been on supporting God and the Bible or looking at the phenomenal world of science from a Biblical perspective, in a way to that makes it possible for all believers to agree together.

Now and again, we try to mix in some specific doctrinal material as well–particularly if that particular issue is on our minds. Where in the New Testament is it suggested that Christians, be they ministers, preachers, elders deacons etc. should wear special clothes of any type to identify their presumed exalted status?

Now, when clowns put on their special clothes, it means that they are people set apart to be funny. When “Christians” wear special clothes its supposed to denote some type of “special status”. We believe that the clowns have a stronger case for “special attire”.

“All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.

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