Child Donors’ Psychological Risk Unknown
February 21, 2019
(Medical Xpress) – Harvesting of marrow or blood stem cells has no therapeutic benefit for the donor child, says Dr. Shin-Ning Then from QUT’s School of Law in her new book Children as Tissue Donors: Regulatory Protection, Medical Ethics and Practice which explores the ethical issues involved as well as regulations in Australia, the US and UK. “In Australia, about 32 children donate marrow or stem cells annually and worldwide it is in the thousands,” said Dr. Then, a member of QUT’s Australian Health Law Research Centre. “A key ethical problem is that children, who often cannot legally consent, are being asked to submit to a procedure that offers them no physical benefit, and which may carry some physical or psychological risks.