One heart, two dead. What is the irony in that? .....I do not support the idea, the donor family should have a say in who gets the organ. I think, total anonymity should be the rule, however, if the recipient wants to contact the donors family, then that would be ok if all parties agree.
The subject individual who received the heart was given a second chance at having a meaningful life, but chose to take a path of destruction instead. Where do we draw the line, that cuts off the opportunity for continued life and who has the right to make that call? ....Organ donation is like a crap shoot, you roll the dice and sometimes you roll snake-eyes. Such is reality.
Stolen car. Fired shots at an 81 y-o woman during a home robbery.
Hospital made the call to deny him a transplant based on facts in evidence. Race card, media flutter, who-knows-what backroom considerations based on benefactor involvement pressured the hospital into reversing their decision, and investing an extremely precious and limited resource into what had already proven himself to be a liability to society.
Can't say for sure, but have heard numbers of $500k to $1 mil for prep, transplant, and post-op treatment for a heart transplant. Given that one of the accusations hurled at the hospital by the mom was that her son was denied a transplant because he was poor, have to infer that the transplant was paid for by the same public who was put at risk by giving him a second chance to, to paraphrase his words, do things that he wanted to do.
Lack of confidence in his compliance with post-op care sounds like a real nice way of saying the hospital knew the kid was a thug, and didn't want to give a heart to someone who was likely to continue to be a thug.
So -- oops, hospital, you were right. Darn. Patient on the transplant list who would have gotten this heart, hope you could hang on for the next organ, while your chance to live was either lost or delayed by surrendering reason to hype and victimology. Taxpayers, your contribution will be largely unacknowledged, and unappreciated by the people who take it for granted, because they have the power to take it, period.
There is no upside to this story, beyond the fact that his escalation in crime was permanently interrupted.
My wife and I had this conversation. Life is a gift to do with as we please. A heart transplant is also a gift with no expectations in return, and I, personally, don't feel comfortable denying someone medical treatment that will save their life. I wish the guy wasn't such a POS, but it wasn't the first, nor will it be the last time this happens.