Persuasive Speech: Non-heart Beating Donations Should NOT Be Allowed

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PURPOSE: To persuade my audience that non-heart beating donations are barbaric and should not be part of our American modern day medicine. I. Introduction

A. Attention Getter

1. Story about Mr. Robert Henry

a. Mr. Robert Henry is a 45-year-old corporate executive who, while preparing to go to work, complains of a severe headache and collapses in front of his wife. As he is brought into the emergency room, he is seizing. He is quickly given intravenous meds to stop this. A computerized tomography scan reveals a devastating subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurgery is consulted, but in their opinion the patient will never regain consciousness and neither an angiogram nor an operating room will be of benefit. Mr. Henry has a living will stipulating that he is not to be kept alive on life support in the event of severe brain injury. After extensive discussions with the neurosurgeon, his wife and family agree to withdraw him from life support. At this time, Mr. Henry is not brain dead.

Ms. Henry is then approached by organ procurement organization or OPO. The wife consents to non-heart beating donation or NHBD after f...

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