Unvaccinated Boston man denied a heart transplant

Might as well give a lung transplant to someone who won’t stop smoking … during the operation.

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Truly.

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Huh? Yeah, no, it’s not “throwing fuel on the fire” to highlight cases like this. Cases like this are something that could be comprehensible to someone on the fence. By all means let this fire burn long and brightly.

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You only ever try to bullshit a kid once. After that, you experience their directness, blunt questioning and reasoning as a tonic: it becomes something you crave as you return home from a working world of jargon, cant, spin and weasel words. It’s a relief.

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Not to mention the blood transfusions likely required.

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That’s my name too!

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People are picketing/protesting at the hospital to get them to give him a heart. My body, my choice seems to be their motto yet again. I hope the hospital holds its line (I don’t see how they couldn’t) and refuses to consider a transplant. The guy is close to death for a stupid “principle”, leaving his wife and 2 kids without a father. MAGAts rule!

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They should ask the protesters for a list of transplant requirements they think should be a matter of personal choice versus those that they would accept from trained doctors without question.

ETA. Better phrased

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Mad Season 1 GIF by The Good Place

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How about asking them to donate their own hearts.

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Many of them will soon be able to.

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And that’s not false; it’s just that the whole point of this exercise is that he wants a chunk of someone else’s body to replace part of his; so it isn’t terribly relevant. If he’s OK with his body he’s welcome to make it his choice; if he wants to make a case for a transplant he’s explicitly stepping into other-people’s-body territory.

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Yep, especially since someone else has to die in order for him to live.
Maybe he could get a pig heart. That seems appropriate.

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I find this quite difficult to wrap my head around. He’s always had a choice. He could have chosen to meet the long list recipient criteria. He made a different choice, and is not eligible at this time.

Maybe one day when there’s a surplus of donor hearts [1] and surgeon hours, he’ll be eligible.

[1] I don’t even want to imagine why there’d be a surplus of donor hearts.

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Seems like a terrible waste of a perfectly good pig, given his chosen prospects.

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Pig hearts aren’t really in short supply nor does it mean you can’t use the rest of the animal for non medical purposes.

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Two people die. The donor, and someone further down on the list who won’t get a heart if he does.

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Two people are gonna die anyway.
If that person down the list gets a heart before it’s too late, then someone’s gotta die for them.

Organ transplants are kind of a crap shoot, anyway. Some less so than others.

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i.e. whatever Tucker Carlson said last night

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I agree. His body his choice. Some one else’s body deserves the heart though and his body is free to die by his choice. :+1:

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