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翁玉榮:提早1分死都叫殺人 應盡快調查

台大醫院於1998年到2005年間執行26例未判定腦死的無心跳者器捐手術,引發爭議。警察大學法律系名譽教授翁玉榮表示,只要病患該死亡的時間未到,「提早一分鐘都叫殺人,醫生不是上帝,不能決定病人死的時間」。他認為相關單位應盡快展開調查。

教授翁玉榮說,柯文哲等醫師發表在國際期刊的學術論文等於就是自白,「若是假的就是欺騙社會大眾,若是真的,既然柯文哲已自白,相關單位就該啟動偵查程序」。

翁玉榮說,柯文哲論文公開的四個病例中,有未做腦死測試和未說明是否經腦死測試,只要時間配合算計好,不知情的檢察官到醫院看到心電圖是平的,即確認病患停止心跳;若真有其事,那就是欺騙檢察官,把原本心臟還在跳動的人動手腳,以人為力量欺騙檢察官,進一步猜測,檢察官走了後,心臟又恢復跳動,「器官摘了,人也就真的死了」。

他指出,台灣現在跟大多數國家一樣不承認安樂死,因此只要「提早一分鐘都叫殺人」,大家無法預期下一秒會有什麼新醫療行為或新藥發明,「此刻絕症不代表下一刻也是絕症」,醫生不是上帝,不能決定病患死亡的時間。

前衛生署長楊志良今天表示,安寧緩和條例在2000年通過,最大原則是不做安樂死,他認為,應在腦死判定下,才能撤除病人維生系統或器捐;對於未判定腦死、無心跳者器捐,應先修法,始能執行。

楊志良說,2000年時他剛好任衛生署代署長,當年通過了安寧緩和條例,若患者本人未預立安寧緩和意願書,必須在不能呼吸、無心跳、且腦死下,經家屬同意才能撤離維生系統。他認為,腦死判定是關鍵,如果沒有腦死,家屬同意也沒用;但他並非臨床醫師,只能依法來談,未來要如何修改,要看各界意見,進一步修法。

聯合晚報╱記者陳麗婷、許依晨/台北報導 2014-11-21

 

[To Taiwanenews:]

I know you have been following the ongoing of Taiwan's election, especially the election of Taipei city mayor. Recently, people raise an issue about Dr. Ko's publication regarding organs harvesting from non-heart-beating donor. I have pulled the paper " Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; kidney transplantation; non-heart-beating donor. Clinical transplantation, Vol 14, issue 2, p.152-156, April, 2000. Wen-Je Ko, Yih-Sharng Chen, Pi-Ru Tsai, Po-Huang Lee".

It is really concerning the way the organs were harvest. The paper read" After ventilator disconnection in NHBD, phentolamine and heparin were injected and mannitol infusion was given. After the donor's asystole was confirmed by the electrocardiogram(EKG) strip recording, the ECMO support was set up through the right femoral veno-arterial route, .....".

So apparently, when the phentolamine and heparin were injected, the patients were still alive, although they were very ill and dying.

Although the family already gave up their hope and they already signed consent for organ donation, it does not mean that they agreed that the doctors could give medication to make their love ones' heart stop beating, so the doctors could proceed to organ harvesting.

What more concerning is that people seem continue to make excuses for Dr. Ko regardless. People seem abandon all the principles and just want to win the election. But if we do that, are we still on the righteous side? I think people should be aware and think about the organ-harvesting issue very carefully and make sure that they vote according their conscience.

Dr. Sheu

2014-11-25

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