Local story here in Atlanta, but I suspect it will grow.
Doctors won’t give a 15yo a new heart because they say he’s not eligible.
Parents say it’s because of his grades and police record.
I don’t know the details of his medical care, but suppose he would take his meds.
Can we keep a person off a transplant list if they’re a criminal? An inveterate risk taker? Skydiver? Drug addict? Drug dealer?
If I need a liver, I’ll have to wait. Mickey Mantle? Drank his to shit, and gets a new one in one day.
Larry Hagman, and David Crosby were alcoholics, but they got new livers.
George Best got one too, and started drinking again. Died a couple of years later.
I watched Saving Private Ryan last week. When Tom Hanks is shot and dying, he tells Ryan “Earn this.” and dies. Clearly his rescue and subsequent life were paid for by the sacrifice of others, and he damn well better be worth it. Be good. Be valuable. Do good. Earn this sacrifice - don’t waste it.
So, here’s the question of the day…
What do transplant recipients owe to society, if anything?