On Law & Order: SVU Season 19 Episode 15, the team wrestles with an ethical question when a doctor is discovered to be harvesting organs without consent.
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Law & Order: SVU Season 19 Episode 15 revolves around the question of whether it's ethical to give a dead child's heart to a dying child without the permission of the parents of the donor.
When a teenage girl named Zoe dies as the result of a prank her friends were playing on her, her devastated parents are shocked to find that her heart has been removed. The doctor says that she donated the heart to a patient in Buffalo and the helicopter is about to take off. Benson tells the pilot to wait and tries to talk to the grieving parents. The mother doesn't want the heart donated.
The team investigates and finds out that the doctor has forged signatures on 32 consent forms so that she can give dead children's organs to terminally ill children elsewhere. Zoe's mother wants to press charges. The doctor is arrested and charged with 32 counts of fraud.
SVU is divided as to what the moral thing is here, but nevertheless the doctor broke the law and must be prosecuted. The ethical issues get even murkier when Harry, the intended recipient of the heart, testifies. Harry is a bright little boy who will die if he does not get a new heart very soon, and his presence makes Zoe's father and Benson feel very guilty, though Zoe's mother still feels she is in the right.
Stone looks into whether the doctor is getting money for these organs and finds out her own son died of a congenital heart disease while waiting for a transplant. On the stand, he asks her if she tried hard enough to save Zoe's life and asks her if she would want the doctor to do what she did if it was her son on the table.
The doctor is found guilty, but Benson doesn't want Stone to ask for jail time. Before they can come to an agreement, Rollins gives them some more sad news.
To find out what happens, watch Law & Order: SVU Season 19 Episode 15 online.
On Law & Order: SVU Season 19 Episode 15, a girl's tragic death becomes a criminal investigation when a surgeon harvests her organs without parental consent.