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Son’s organs harvested against mother’s wishes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio man declared brain dead and on life support after a hit-and-run crash last week had his organs harvested under court order following objections from his family.

The Columbus Dispatch ( reports that Lifeline of Ohio, the area’s organ procurement agency, sought the court order Wednesday morning after the mother of 21-year-old Elijah Smith wrote a later to Lifeline and Grant Medical Hospital in Columbus saying that she did not want her son to be an organ donor.

Under Ohio law, nobody other than the donor can amend or revoke an organ donation consent.

Smith’s mother wrote that her son did not fully understand the decision he made by registering to be a donor.

Franklin County Judge Guy Reece issued the order Wednesday afternoon.