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Children, organ donation and Islam
  1. Mikail Aktas1,
  2. Gurch Randhawa2,
  3. Joe Brierley3
  1. 1Medical School, Durham University, Durham, UK
  2. 2Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK
  3. 3Paediatric Bioethics and Critical Care, Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children & National Institute for Health Research Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joe Brierley, Paediatric Bioethics and Critical Care, Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children & National Institute for Health Research Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre, London WC1N 3JH, UK; joe.brierley{at}gosh.nhs.uk

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Although Islamic scholars have debated deceased organ donation many Muslims remain unaware of these debates, or of Islamic rulings on the issue.1 Overall, there has been little public debate about child end-of-life issues, including deceased donation, in any faith groups including the Muslim community. This letter reviews relevant Islamic issues with an aim of stimulating discussion within both the donation and Muslim communities. We hope it can start a process to ensure families have supportive, accurate, empowering information when making donation decisions in their child’s end-of-life care, including understanding consequent effects on others.

The nature of deceased donation has caused medical and societal debate about fundamental aspects of human death and dignity. Intermittently, some religious leaders have …

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