The Human Tissue Authority and Saviour Siblings
The University of Derby, Derby, United Kingdom
- Corresponding Author:
- Lisa Cherkassky
Senior Lecturer in Law, The University of Derby
Kedleston Road, Derby, United Kingdom
Tel: 01332 591806
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 14, 2015; Accepted date: June 17, 2015; Published date: June 23, 2015
Citation: Cherkassky L (2015) The Human Tissue Authority and Saviour Siblings. J Bone Marrow Res 3:158. doi:10.4172/2329-8820.1000158
Copyright: © 2015 Cherkassky L. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
It is widely accepted that a child under the age of eighteen can donate his or her bone marrow to a sick sibling in the hope of saving their life. The Human Tissue Authority in the United Kingdom has published guidelines (currently under review) relating specifically to the harvest of blood and tissues from children, but the law has not yet confirmed the validity of such procedures. Younger donors require parental consent which can be highly subjective given the circumstances, and a Gillick consent from an older child is not confirmed in law as applicable to non-therapeutic medical procedures. This article suggests that the current child donation procedures under the Human Tissue Authority are not legally tenable and do not support the welfare of the child.