In 2015, 2023 patients were euthanized only in Belgium. Organ donation from euthanized patients These patients could, in theory, be organ donors; however, 926 (45.8%) were excluded because they were over 75 years old.
A total of 684 organs were eventually useful for donation in Belgium. But, in Belgium and Netherlands, the countries that this practice is permitted, it is rarely performed; as of August 2016, 43 patients undergoing euthanasia had donated organs. The same year, 1288 Belgian patients were on transplant waiting lists (See HERE). It is clear that, although the organs from euthanized subjects could in some measure reduce transplant waiting lists, the fact that they are obtained from euthanized patients presents unquestionable ethical difficulties.
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