Obviously the success of her husband's transplant operation is a cause for huge celebration by all family and friends. However the general principle is unaffected by any specific rejoicing so one of my comments to her was:
Curious too that one the one hand the UK laws seem to respect the integrity of the deceased human body in this way ie by permitting its use for body parts only with consent of its owner, despite the temptation to use it as a resource after death yet on the other hand appear to be encouraging the use of human tissue from abortions and test tubes irrespective of integrity, as a mere resource, even to the extent, if recent newspaper reports are to be believed, of mixing in some animal DNA with human cell tissue.
I can see the good it does and your logic but the less compulsion about doing good the better in my view. It's more dignified for human beings to have the right to exercise their free will even illogically than to deprive them of that ability. Such deprivation aguably makes us a little more like animals which lack free will. In other words volunteering to give seems better to me than in effect being compelled to
On occasion when out and about with dad (now age 90) on seeing a large looking queue of people one or other of us joke about their queung for 'Soylent Green', a substance which featured in an SF novel set in the year 2022. As I recollect, people aged from c. 60 onwards were in the book, were required to queue to be taken on a cruise to some retirement paradise, one of the advantages of which was said to be to leave sufficient space in the cities for the younger members of the population.
In fact it transpired that the over 60s were not being sent on some luxury cruise at all but were unbeknown to them or society at large, queuing to be melted down into a fantastically nutritious protein soup called Soylent Green, which was used to feed the rest of the world's burgeoning population. The truth had to be hidden of course so the whole process depended on people's trust which the authorities were competely betraying.
It appears to me that each small step of detraction from respecting human dignity and the integrity of the whole person from inception to grave, might appear positive when viewed in isolation especially when the purpose of the step is obviouly good, like saving a specific person or vastly enhancing the quality of life but when looked at as a whole, the steps are forming a staircase leading to a chimera society ie one in which the real human spirit is reduced to being part of something else.
We are the sum of our parts like human society is the sum of mankind.