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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Table of Contents   
Year : 1996  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 203
The Role of Women in Consenting for Organ Donation in Saudi Arabia


Transplant Co-ordinator, Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, P.O. Box 27049, Riyadh 11417, Saudi Arabia

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Al-Shehri S. The Role of Women in Consenting for Organ Donation in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 1996;7:203

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Al-Shehri S. The Role of Women in Consenting for Organ Donation in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 1996 [cited 2020 Sep 19];7:203. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?1996/7/2/203/39529
To the Editor,

Surveys do help sampling the community for opinion about its readiness for organ donation and explores the awareness of the public and the medical personnel about the importance of organ donation away from the stress of having a disaster in the family.

Obtaining consents from the relatives of brain dead potential organ donors for donation is usually hampered by several negative experiences such as the shock of grief, previous believes, and the degree of confidence in the medical management rendered to their patients.

Grief usually makes it difficult to attend to the explanations of the person approaching the family for consents. Universally, women react emotionally more to grief than men which makes the interview with the family more difficult, especially if women are the decision makers as next of kin such as wives or mothers. The decision making to consent for organ donation in Saudi Arabia can be vetoed by any member in the family even distant relatives. Women are actively involved in this event, which may result in a negative answer to the request of donation.

Our experience in the Saudi Center for organ transplantation proves that women affect the decision of the family for organ donation, so much so we are recently inclined to discuss this issue with the males next of kin and to explain to them that the emotions of grief will eventually abate, and that women in the non-grief situation usually consent for donation according to the surveys of opinion of women in Saudi Arabia. Accordingly, we request from them not to get affected by the emotions of grief of women in the family while making their decisions about organ donation.

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Saleh Al-Shehri
Transplant Co-ordinator, Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, P.O. Box 27049, Riyadh 11417
Saudi Arabia
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