Transplant Athlete
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
  Transplant Denied

So, I sent out some email in support of Alex Crionas of Orlando, Florida after reading the article in the Tampa Tribune and I received my first reply from a Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He says that the person Alex brought to the center was not a friend, which from the article sounds true, but that's not a reason to deny a transplant. He went on to say that Life-Link believed Alex found this donor through the internet, which Life-Link may beleive, but contradicts the facts in the article. He also said that Life-Link also believes that there is an understanding between Alex and the potential donor regarding financial compensation. Which again contradicts the facts of the story. Because Life-Link believes there will be money changing hands, they have a valid excuse to cancel the transplant because as we all know, paying for organs is illegal.
This also sets a dangerous precedent for Life-Link, if they get away with this, they can cancel any transplant just by saying they think money is going to change hands. To take it to an extreme, the next patient might be a little too black, or might be a little too poor, or maybe just a bit to Jewish for their tastes.
"Sorry Mr.Lieberman, we think you might be going to pay for that kidney, so you are out of luck. We have a fine blonde haired, blue eyed boy waiting instead."

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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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