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  •  As OS said above, the chances are not good (0+ / 0-)

    Navarro will survive even if he gets it.

    If life gives you melons, you may be dyslexic.

    by glorificus on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 08:27:33 AM PST

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    •  Well I guess that settles it then. (0+ / 0-)

      Since the problem appears to be that he can't afford the medications necessary to prevent rejection of the transplanted organ, I guess we're supposed to feel more comfortable writing him off.  Forgive me if I find that a bit unsatisfactory.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 02:01:27 PM PST

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      •  Of course you would. (0+ / 0-)

        Why should we feel any more or less comfortable about Jesus Navarro than about the hundreds and thousands that die all the time from not being gifted with a match? Except we don't know their names and haven't seen their cute kid(s).

        I'm sure there have been studies, but I imagine for every viable organ there is more than one match.

        How would you decide? The youngest, the oldest, the richest, the poorest? The smartest, the wittiest, the prettiest? The healthiest, the one nearest death, the one who has been on the list longest?

        And what of his wife? I worked with a man who donated a kidney to his wife. It was a much more difficult and lengthy convalesence for him. I knew a woman who was born with a single kidney. She did all right, married and had a son, but would not dare try a second pregnancy.

        Just make your snide comments, and don't worry about reality.

        If life gives you melons, you may be dyslexic.

        by glorificus on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 02:21:27 PM PST

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        •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

          Maybe because the reason cited for denying this man a transplant is his poverty.  If he could afford his meds, he might qualify.  I generally don't think a person's wealth should matter in a decision like this.  

          You can deride that as snide for as long as you like.

          "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

          by FogCityJohn on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:51:42 PM PST

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          •  No, it could be because he is not in this (0+ / 0-)

            country legally. "uncertain status" could refer to him being deported.

            As to your feelings about undocumented persons, I don't care. I didn't make this decision, but I can see reasons why it was decided this way.

            If you can't, you can't.

            If life gives you melons, you may be dyslexic.

            by glorificus on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 08:21:30 PM PST

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