Rambam Forum

Organ Transplants from Living Donors – Halachic Aspects

Mordechai Halperin


This manuscript is a survey of the halachic attitudes toward organ transplant procedures from a living donor which can be defined as life-saving procedures for the recipient or at least life-prolonging proce-dures. Three fundamental problems concerning the halachic aspects of such transplantation are dis-cussed in detail: the danger to the donor, donation under coercion, and the sale of organs and tissues. The terms “halacha” and “Jewish law” are defined in the introduction.

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2011;2(2):e0042