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As an attorney who represents organ procurement agencies and hospitals, I was disturbed by the recent article on the proposed changes to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act ["New Organ Removal Rules Raise Concerns," CLT, July 17, page 4]. Remarkably, the article does not even mention the current organ donation shortage, which results in thousands of people dying needlessly each year. It merely notes that the revised act’s liberalization of the classes of relations to the decedent that may consent to donation may result in increased litigation, suggesting that hospitals would be well-advised to ignore it. This is mistaken, life-threatening advice.

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