Can a Pregnant Woman be an Organ Donor?

Carol Asks:

Can a pregnant woman be an organ donor?

Situation: The woman is in her first trimester. She’s been in a car accident and the pregnancy terminated itself as a result of the accident. She’s been kept alive on machines for several days with no hope of recovery. Can she donate organs?

Jordyn Says:

I don’t see why not because she’s technically not pregnant anymore. My only drawback is if law enforcement thinks the death is suspicious in any way and it becomes a corner’s case for some reason.

That being said, I do find the question intriguing– like could a pregnant woman who is further along still donate organs? My gut instinct would be that they would keep the “body” alive until the infant was viable or deliver if past 24 weeks. Then the woman should be able to donate organs.

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