Re: Cryonics and organ donation

From: Randy Smith (
Date: Fri Apr 07 2000 - 16:19:08 MDT

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Subject: Re: Cryonics and organ donation
>Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2000 14:24:00 -0400
>Randy Smith wrote:
> > Sarah, if you want to be frozen after legal death (cryonics), you DON'T
> > to be an organ donor. As I understand it, in order to be an organ donor,
> > have to be in a certain medical condition with respect to your brain
> > This may require that a certain period of time pass after you stop
> > breathing, or something to that effect; in any event, I have heard
> > honchos such as Mike Darwin and/or Brian Wowk say that being an organ
> > may well ruin your chances to get a good freeze.
>So what you are saying is that you don't currently have a protocol for
>neurosuspension customers to simulataneously have their heads guillotined
>suspended, while the rest of the organs get harvested? I think thats kind
>short sighted, don't you think? What better way to pay for your suspension
>off of auctioned off body parts? If you made this legal, suspension would
>basically be free, so the perceived cost barrier (for those who don't think
>or don't want to have to keep paying on, a life insurance policy just for
>suspension) is totally eliminated. Set this up as an accepted medical
>and it can simply be a non-cash transaction between an organ donor center
>the donor. Donor centers might find it both profitable, and a good way to
>diversify, to merge with a cryonic suspension organization.

Maybe it can be done. But it would surely take considerable time and money
(for lawyers, etc.). Are you volunteering, then? :^)

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