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Paralyzed man overhears doctors talk about taking his organs

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Editor’s Note: Only God knows how many times men and women have had the horror of having their organs removed from their still living bodies as they were fully awake and cognizant of what was happening. Organs should never be taken from anyone until after they are actually dead – i.e. rigor mortis has set in (of course most organs would be of no use by then, and a very lucrative practice would essentially end.)

Jim Fritze, 43, was conscious after a stroke but couldn’t move or speak — he could hear medics telling his girlfriend and relatives there was no hope.

BY DAVID HARDING
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A paralyzed Swedish man in hospital could hear doctors telling his girlfriend he would die and discussing transplanting his organs.

Jim Fritze was conscious but unable to tell medics he could hear them.

The 43-year-old, who had suffered a stroke, has filed an official complaint after making a full recovery.

“I heard them tell my girlfriend and my relatives that there was no hope. I couldn’t do anything. I could only see and hear. I couldn’t move my body,” he told The Telegraph.

Fritze heard doctors talk of transplanting his liver and kidney. Family members even came to say a final farewell to him.

He suffered the stroke while out dining with his girlfriend on a small island near the southern Swedish city of Gothenburg.

As it took more than 90 minutes to transport him to hospital, he was completely paralyzed by the time he arrived.

After two years, Fritze can now speak and move though is confined to a wheelchair.

Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Hospital said it would deal with the complaint “very seriously.”

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