Source: Associated Press
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman has committed suicide shortly after telling emergency personnel she wanted her organs harvested.
St. George Police Captain Scott Staley says the 57-year-old woman made a call Friday morning to 911 to say she wanted to be an organ donor.
Staley says she then parked outside the emergency room at the Dixie Regional Medical Center, left her vehicle and shot herself in the head around noon.
Doctors and nurses in the emergency room heard the gunfire and ran outside. They tried to revive her but were unsuccessful.
Police were informing family members and had not released the woman's name. Staley declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
THIS IS VERY TRAGIC. SADLY IN THIS CASE ORGAN DONATION IS NOT AN OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE ONE MUST BE VENTILATOR DEPENDENT. SADDER STILL IS THE FACT THAT THIS WOMAN FELT THERE WAS NO ALTERNATIVE TO LIVING. OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES AND SYMPATHIES.