Condemned Prisoners as Organ Donors


The idea of using condemned prisoners as organ donors comes up from time to time in this country and continues to be controversial. Lori had a conversation with Alexandra Glazier, Chair of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network’s Ethics Committee, to clarify some of the issues that arise when considering this type of donor. Ethical questions, the cost of evaluations, and public perceptions of executed donors cannot be easily dismissed. Listen to this show and learn more about the issues involved.

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Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational bookChronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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