Doctor in Göttingen organ donation scandal charged

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Doctor in Göttingen organ donation scandal charged

The accused doctor continues to deny the allegations in the process of the Göttingen organ donation scandal. Now, however, he has been charged by administrative staff. It was also said that the clinic in Göttingen was not particularly choosy about donor organs.

Accepted the death of patients In connection with the organ donation scandal at the University Hospital Göttingen, a 46-year-old doctor is charged with being accused of manslaughter and triple bodily harm by the public prosecutor, with three deaths resulting in death. The former head of Göttingen transplantation medicine is said to have changed patient data in order to get donor organs faster. By falsifying the information, he would have accepted that patients would die who, according to the guidelines, should have received a donor organ.

Administrative employees found no evidence. Among other things, patients who were waiting for a donor liver were also incorrectly reported to the central registry "Eurotransplant" as requiring dialysis. These patients would have received organs faster than the guidelines specified. Administrative employees now testified before the district court in Göttingen that they had found no evidence of alleged dialysis in the course of the corresponding checks in a number of cases.

Not particularly picky about organs On Wednesday, the medical director of "Eurotransplant", Prof. Axel Rahmel, reported to the regional court that transplantation medicine at the University Hospital in Göttingen was not particularly picky when it came to the allocation of donor livers. The profiles of the listed patients were chosen so that practically every Eurotransplant organ was offered in Göttingen. In 2010 and 2011 they worked with “wide profiles”, which means that the restrictive data such as age and weight were offered openly, such as the age of five to 90 years or the weight of 20 to 120 kilos. Patients had also been reported as buyers for organs from drug addicts or the sick. Rahmel said: "We would like it if the recipient profiles were as tailor-made as possible" in order to enable the fastest and most precise allocation possible. However, he answered no to the question of whether he had noticed irregularities for Göttingen during the data research. The examiners of the commissions had been assisted. (ad)

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