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Social and Cultural Issues in Organ Transplantation in Islamic Countries

Faissal Shaheen, Mohammed Al-Jondeby, Ramprasad Kurpad, Abdullah A. Al-Khader

Ann Transplant 2004; 9(2): 11-14

ID: 8667

The importance of religion In Islamic countries is undoubted. Fatwas (opinion from religious scholars have been passed in most Islamic countries approving the concepts of brain death and organ transplantation. There are some specific points that have be considered while talking of organ transplantation in Islamic countries. They include public attitude, taking organ(s) from donors who have committed suicide, the influence of local Imams as well as feeding breast milk, concept of spousal donation, timing of death as well as soul departure and extended families that exist in these countries. Sound knowledge of these factors is mandatory to any transplant co-ordynator and lack of sensitivity to these issues could be disastrous.

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