“Gift” for Transplant Priority

  • Eli A. Friedman
Part of the Legal and Ethical Concerns in Medicine book series (LECM, volume 1)


An oil-rich Arabian prince, informed of his 25 year old wife’s advanced renal failure due to chronic glomerulonephritis arranged her transfer for life-saving hemodialysis to an American university hospital. Upon completion of medical tests including a renal biopsy, the responsible nephrologist advised that though a kidney transplant is the preferred therapy, the current wait for a cadaver donor kidney exceeds one year. Furthermore, current policy demands that the large majority of donor kidneys be given to American citizens. The prince subsequently proposes that in exchange for placing his wife at the top of the waiting list, he will donate a new wing to the hospital at a cost of 2.5 million dollars.


Transplant Center American Citizen Organ Allocation Cadaver Organ Interstate Commerce 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eli A. Friedman
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  1. 1.Health Science Center at BrooklynState University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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