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Lawsuit Alleges Donor Group Forces Doctors to Harvest Organs

A nurse practitioner in New York has filed a lawsuit against the New York Organ Donor Network, claiming the group "pressured hospital staffers to declare patients brain-dead for faster harvesting." In his suit, the plaintiff claims he was fired from the donor group after complaining about asking doctors to speed up medical decisions to harvest organs. The plaintiff cites one incident where donor group officials demanded a doctor declare a man brain-dead despite obvious signs of brain activity and breathing efforts. Staff Report, United Press International 09/26/2012