organ donation

11 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Dr. Karen Murphy, Ann Chronister, Kate Harper

Fine Healthcare Facilities for Noncompliance of Organ/Tissue Donation.

Stephanie Hasyn was a patient at the Albert Einstein Medical Center/Moss Rehab when she choked to death on her feeding tube fluid on the third shift of a holiday weekend, just four days prior to her scheduled discharge from the facility. Subsequently, the healthcare facility personnel failed to take responsibility and did not notify the Gift of Life until several days after Stephanie’s death.  By that time, it was too late to harvest Stephanie’s tissue/organs for donation. To prevent this from occurring again, the medical center initiated a self-imposed re-training.  However, the medical center never provided a reason to the Hasyn family as to why Stephanie’s organs/tissues were not harvested for donation. It was not until 6 months after Stephanie’s death that the Hasyn family was notified by the Gift of Life that her organs/tissues were not harvested because Albert Einstein Medical Center/ Moss Rehab had failed to notify the Gift of Life in a timely manner of Stephanie’s death.   According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “each day an average of 79 people receive organ transplants, however, an average of 21 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of a shortage of donated organs.”  With such a shortage of donated organs, errors in the notification/harvesting of available organs/tissues are unacceptable and show not only a negligence in a healthcare facility’s accountability, but also a negligence in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s to fulfill their responsibilities of upholding Pennsylvania law in this particular instance.  Because of this error, not only were the wishes of Stephanie Hasyn not fulfilled to pay it forward, individuals in need missed the opportunity to receive her organs/tissue.    Please support the Hasyn family’s request for the Pennsylvania Department of Health to fine the Albert Einstein Medical Center/ Moss Rehab in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania for their violation of Pennsylvania law, Chapter 86: Anatomical Gifts §8617, with the failure to harvest Stephanie Hasyn’s organs/tissues for donation. Furthermore, support the fining of any healthcare facility that fails to honor the request of a patient to have their organs/tissues harvested for donation to someone in need.   Chapter 86:  

Paul Hasyn
114 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services

Make Every United States Citizen an Organ Donor Unless They Opt Out

120,000 men, women and children in the United States await lifesaving organ transplants. Upon your death you can help up to 8 people live better, fuller lives. According to the Donate Life website, 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 52% are registered. That said, wouldn't it be better for it to be law that you are automatically a donor unless you choose to opt out?  Opt-out laws or presumed consent, are already one of the ways to increase amount of donors in these countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. France just this week was added to that list. It's simple. If it were law, you are an organ donor, a HERO, unless you opt out.  Won't you join me and sign the petition? Raise awareness of the need for this to be a law in the United States?  For more information, please visit: In the meantime, until we are all in an presumed consent country, please sign your driver's license or go to and become an organ donor, become a HERO. Let your family know of your decision. THANK YOU! *image from: Advertising Agency: Ampla, Recife, BrazilCreative Director: Manuel CavalcantiArt Director: Humberto MontenegroCopywriter: Juliana LisboaIllustrator: QueirozPhotographer: Thomas BaccaroImage: Erick LevayPublished: October 2008    

Christina Roberts
19 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate


The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is calling on members of Congress to support the Living Donor Protection Act introduced in the House and Senate today.The bill is designed to protect the rights of living donors and remove barriers to living organ donation. Specifically, the bill would end many forms of insurance discrimination facing living donors and extend job security through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to those who donate an organ. “It’s unfortunate that even today we still see our nation’s living donors being denied insurance or having their premiums increased because they made a selfless decision to donate an organ to someone in need,” said Kevin Longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation. “This bill is an important first step to increase access to transplantation by removing the appalling barriers facing living kidney and liver donors. The National Kidney Foundation urges all members of Congress to support this bi-partisan legislation.” In 2014, 17,108 kidney transplants were performed in the United States; however, more than 100,000 Americans are on a wait list for a kidney. An integral part of the nation’s organ donation system is living, altruistic donors, who account for approximately one-third of all the kidneys transplanted each year. Organizations like the National Kidney Foundation believe it is a priority to protect the rights of these donors. The Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 4616) was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 25, 2016, by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) along with Representative Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX). An identical bill (S. 2584) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The bill prohibits insurance companies from denying or limiting life, disability and long-term care insurance and from charging higher premiums to living organ donors.  The bill also clarifies that living organ donors may use time granted through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to recover from transplant surgery. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to add information on these new protections to its materials to encourage more Americans to consider living donation. “The National Kidney Foundation believes that donors should not bear any financial costs or hardships related to donation, nor should they suffer any discrimination as a result of their donation,” Longino said. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congress to address the issues that threaten our nation’s organ donors.” All Americans can support the Living Donor Protection Act by contacting their representatives through NKF’s Advocacy Center. Urge your Senators and Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 4616 and S. 2584 to help protect the rights of living donors. The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit Publication DateThursday, February 25, 2016    

James Myers
56,167 supporters