Friday, February 10, 2012

Widow's anguish over organ blunder, UK

Hastings St. Leonards Observer

THE widow of a man killed in a tragic motorbike crash has told of her pain at being unable to donate his organs after a communications blunder.

Sarah Mann, 61, of Tenterden Rise, was at her husband Stuart’s side when doctors turned off his life support machine. As he was a registered organ donor, Mrs Mann then trusted her husband’s organs would be able to be used to save another life. 

But the police say a conversation did not take place with East Sussex Coroner Alan Craze to allow him to give permission for the organs to be used. “I felt disappointed and frustrated,” said Mrs Mann. “The system is just so out of date. Stuart would have wanted to help somebody else live after him; that’s why he had a donor card. And we weren’t able to do that.”

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