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De­spite it be­ing a com­monly held mis­con­cep­tion, dead peo­ple can­not ac­tu­ally do­nate or­gans. “You can only trans­plant or­gans that are liv­ing,” ex­plains car­di­ol­o­gist Paolo Bavastro. So that doc­tors can re­move or­gans from a liv­ing corpse with­out be­com­ing li­able, an al­ter­na­tive def­i­ni­tion of death came into force in 1968. It is de­fined as when the brain is no longer func­tion­ing and will never re­cover, even though other parts of the body may still be ac­tive or kept alive by life sup­port ma­chines.

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