A Wasted Organ Transplant: Why Patients’ Social History and Potential SHOULD Matter
If you were faced with 100 dying people, and could only save 79 of them, how would you choose?
Back in 2012, 15-year-old Anthony Stokes was denied a lifesaving heart transplant. Doctors ruled him a bad candidate because of a “history of noncompliance,” meaning he was unlikely to follow doctors’ orders concerning medications and follow-up care.
His family, friends, and civil rights advocates loudly countered that the real reason that young Mr. Stokes was being handed this “death sentence” was because he was poor, black, and already had a history of run-ins with the law. Stokes himself pleaded with the public that he wanted to change his ways, to have a second chance at life. Tear-jerking stuff. Amid a media firestorm, doctors reversed their decision; Stokes got his transplant, and his second chance at life.
Fast-forward to just one month ago. As Sasha Goldstein reports in the New York Daily…
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