Derek Park, shown with his grandchildren, wanted to donate his organs, but a change in provincial protocol meant his family decided against it. (Submitted by the Park family)
'Well, there goes maybe eight, 10 lives. Who knows how many lives Dad could have impacted?'- Shawna Park's husbandA family in York Harbour, in western Newfoundland, cam up against a change in provincial protocol when they made the difficult decision to donate their father's organs, and decided instead to have him cremated.
Doctors determined there was nothing they could do for Park other than make him comfortable. The blood soaking into his brain would eventually cause it to swell, leading to organ failure.
His family decided to put him on life support and to sedate him to lessen the stress on his body when the swelling started.
Eventually, his condition deteriorated to the point where a doctor "who was completely gentle and understanding" talked Park's daughter-in-law Shawna and her husband about his wishes regarding organ donation. Continue to read Listen to podcast
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