Case Study – Family Opposition to Organ Donation Despite First Person Consent

Case Study – Opposition to Organ Donation

JD is a 25-year-old patient who sustained massive head trauma and neurological injury in a motorcycle accident. He is not brain dead, but after 4 weeks in MICU and several neuro consults, the prognosis for “meaningful recovery” is said to be less than 1%. JD has not regained consciousness and is apt to remain permanently in a vegetative state.

A decision is made to withdraw life support. Is organ donation a possibility?