This is a bittersweet subject that had never crossed my mind . On reflection it seems such an obvious thing but I have to admit , somewhat shamefully that I’ve never given any thought to American soldiers donating organs . It is just another of the many ways that the American GI , through their sacrifice improves the world . Read it with a dry eye , I dare you .  

 

 

  “Since 2006, about 140 European lives have been saved because organs — hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and pancreases — were harvested from 36 U.S.servicemembers determined to be brain dead from wounds suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to statistics from the German foundation that oversees organ removal and implantation.

All casualties from combat funnel through the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for care before being flown to the USA.

The window for removing, transporting and transplanting organs is narrow given the viability of organs, making it difficult for them to be used in the USA, says Insel Angus, a Landstuhl intensive care nurse involved in these cases.

Troops who are brain dead from head wounds arrive on a ventilator. Even with ventilator support, key organs last for only 24 to 36 hours, says Joel Newman, a spokesman for the German foundation’s USA counterpart, the United Network for Organ Sharing.”