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Life Support Issues/60min. rule after life support is shut down


Im on several kidney transplant lists, im highly sensative,so I've been on list for awhile. I finally got that one in a million chance.Long story short,I didn't get the transplant. I was prepared for the surgery and they come in and say the organs aren't coming. They said the donor didn't pass with-in the 60 min. period after they shut down the machine.
 My question is, Is there a law that states such a thing?

I am so sorry to hear about your disappointment. It must be so difficult to have your hopes raised and then to hear that the transplant is not possible.

My expertise is in end of life care so I know nothing about protocols  for transplants.  I did a search and found the link below for you to read. It sounds like they have to wait until the donors' heart stops before they can use the kidney# It also sounds like that if that time frame is too long, the donated kidney would not be viable or usable# I honestly don't know if it is a legal or ethical issue#   


Again, I am so sorry that this happened to you. I hope that you can explore the issue further with your transplant team. The article seems to say that 2/3 of the time, the transplant happens but that 1/3 of the time, this situation arises.  

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Betsy Murphy


My expertise is in end of life care for adults. Identifying when someone is approaching the end of their life. Benefits and burdens of end of life treatments. Managing pain and other symptoms. Providing care for dying patients at home. Advocating for someone who is dying in a hospital or nursing home.


More than 28 years of experience in hospice care. Currently consulting with hospices to promote access for patients to receive hospice care earlier in the course of their illness. Betsy provides training for hospice marketing staff to effectively work with nursing facilities to help identify eligible patients. She writes Additional Development Request (ADR) letters to Medicare to help hospices get paid for their services and to avoid future claim denials.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Articles: Clinical Reviews, Advance for Nurses, Nursing Spectrum, Washington Business Woman,; Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (FA Davis and Company), Guide to Caregiving in the Final Months of Life (TM Brown publishers).

Bachelors of Science in Nursing, additionally trained as a Family Nurse Practitioner and certified as a hospice and palliative care nurse.

Awards and Honors
Outstanding Woman in Loudoun County (VA) by Loudoun County Commission on Women 1997 and 2002.

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