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Why is it important to put my organ-donation wishes in writing?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you (or a loved one for whom you might speak for one day) want to donate organs to needy recipients or be a specimen for needy med school students, put it in writing, please. You can state this intention a thousand times and everyone may know you've intended to donate your organs since you were a wee child of 10, but if even one of your relatives objects at the last minute, it likely won't happen unless there's written permission from you. Don't give your evil nephew the satisfaction of yanking away one of your last magnanimous acts.
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