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Can your family deny your wishes to donate your organs?

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Dr. John Powelson
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Depends on the state

In some states, the patient's wishes, if clearly indicated (as on a driver's license) are sufficient, and final, for organ donation, no matter what the family says.
In most states, however, the family decides.

In brief: Depends on the state

In some states, the patient's wishes, if clearly indicated (as on a driver's license) are sufficient, and final, for organ donation, no matter what the family says.
In most states, however, the family decides.
Dr. John Powelson
Dr. John Powelson
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Dr. Rodrigo Vianna
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Yes

Yes. The organ procurement organization always consults the family of the donor.

In brief: Yes

Yes. The organ procurement organization always consults the family of the donor.
Dr. Rodrigo Vianna
Dr. Rodrigo Vianna
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In brief: Yes

The decision to donate organs is made by the legal next of kin of the deceased.
One would hope the wishes of the potential donor are respected, if they are known. That is the reason people are asked to sign donor cards or driver licenses. However, next of kin do refuse organ donation on a daily basis in the United States for various reasons.

In brief: Yes

The decision to donate organs is made by the legal next of kin of the deceased.
One would hope the wishes of the potential donor are respected, if they are known. That is the reason people are asked to sign donor cards or driver licenses. However, next of kin do refuse organ donation on a daily basis in the United States for various reasons.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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