Politician’s Priority for Cadaver Donor Kidneys
A 73 year old state governor, a heavy drinker for 40 years, developed advanced nutritional cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatic cystic disease, and chronic renal failure of undetermined cause. During his initial hospitalization, the patient receives a call of encouragement from the President of the United States. After checking “matches,” the director of the transplant program announces that the governor will receive a combined liver and kidney transplant. As media representatives gather in the hospital’s conference room, the chief transplant surgeon explains the intended operations to the television news audience, using anatomical charts. A reporter for a conservative magazine asks how is it possible for an old man to receive organs while young people continue on an indefinite waiting list?
KeywordsGraft Survival Alcoholic Patient Transplant Candidate Transplant Program State Governor
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