2010-12-03 / Letters

The Ghouls Descend

Dear Editor,

I just read that some 911 calls in New York City will now bring two ambulances, one will “try” to save the patient’s life and the second one will spring into action if the first one fails. The second ambulance will attempt to save the patient’s kidneys.

New York City medical officials claim they have spent months with the moral and legal implications of the organ harvesting system. They hope this harvesting method will greatly increase the number of organs collected.

Over the next five months Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City government will deploy a specially trained organ harvesting team that will monitor 911 calls for people who might die, like people having a heart attack.

If efforts to resuscitate fail, the harvesting team will quickly move in to take the kidneys.

City ‘officials’ say this project would be the first of its kind in the United States. They stated similar operations have been carried out in Europe.

Letters To combat the fear that patients would be allowed to die to get their organs, ‘officials’ are quoted as saying that doctors and paramedics would not be told whether the harvesting team was lurking until a supervisor had given the order to stop rescue efforts.

The harvesting unit riding in a bright red and white ambulance marked “Organ Preservation Unit,” is supposed to remain out of sight.

The trial is being financed with a $1.5 million federal grant.

What sort of lawlessness has diseased the heart of the city?

ALFRED BROCK

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