Liver lover update

Last month I reported on a hospital that suspended its liver transplant program after finding a Saudi man had paid a premium to jump to the top of the list. (See Liver Lover.) It turns out that the man’s whose place he took –another Saudi– died while waiting for a liver of his own.

According to the LA Times:

Although the motive behind the transplant switch remains a mystery, the tactic was clear: use one patient’s position on the list to obtain an organ for somebody else. In doing so, the hospital bypassed not only Al-Harthi but dozens of other patients in Southern California whose conditions were deemed more dire than the recipient’s.

October 14, 2005

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