Pan African Medical Journal

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Non-referral of potential organ donors in South Africa: insights, challenges and ethical dilemmas

Poobalan Naidoo, Harriet Rosanne Etheredge, Virendra Rambiritch, Akira Singh, Scott Mahoney, Vanesha Naidu


Traditionally, minimal potential organ donor referrals emanate from general medicine departments. We use a clinical vignette to draw attention to challenges related to referral of potential organ donors from general internal medicine departments. In addition, we provide potential solutions to overcome challenges and reflect on the ethical issues of non-referral of potential organ donors. It is hoped that this paper will increase the awareness of organ donation in the medical fraternity in Africa and thus mitigate critical shortages of organs for transplantation.

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