Dick Cheney: Cheney’s Heart Transplant
March 26, 2012 by staff
Dick Cheney: Cheney’s Heart Transplant, Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney, who is 71, got special treatment when he was given a new heart that thousands of younger people also were in line to receive.
Still, his case reopens debate about whether rules should be changed to favor youth over age in giving out scarce organs. As it stands now, time on the waiting list, medical need, and where you live determine the odds of receiving a new heart – not how many years you will live to make use of it.
“The ethical issues are not that he had a transplant, but who didn’t?’’ Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at Scripps Health in La Jolla, Calif., wrote on Twitter.
Cheney received the transplant Saturday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., the same place where he received an implanted heart pump that has kept him alive since July 2010. It appears he went on the transplant wait list about that time, 20 months ago.
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