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Mike Lester

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Assume this regards the girl with CF. One of my son’s favorite elementary school teachers died of CF. He’d lived quite a number of years longer than the doctors ever expected, and died at 26. It’s a horrible (genetic) disease, and the news just seems to think you can pluck parts from anyone, and stick them into anyone else. Transplant surgery is assumed by the uninitiated to be a “routine” procedure.

    My daughter’s father-in-law refused to listen to the doctors for decades and follow their advice. He destroyed his liver (not not alcohol, just a biological mess in many ways), and when he did get a transplant, there was only one hospital in the nation that would accept his case. He had quadruple bypass a year later.(Also because for years he let “Jesus be his doctor”, instead of medical professionals, until it was almost too late.)

    Many folks awaiting transplants are very sad cases. One CF case was a girl who got heart and lung transplants, TWICE! She still, yes, sadly, still died.

    This BS attempt to create “death panel mentality” to make another stab at alleged issues with “Obamacare”/“Romneycare”, is sicker than any patient out there.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 2 years ago

    Very tough call to make and I honestly don’t know what I’d decide if it was up to me whether this girl gets a lung transplant or not. I do know that I wouldn’t want a panel of politicians deciding.
    With the amount of people needing organs and the extremely limited supply, those recipients that have the best shot at living for many years should be first. I’m sorry, but if you are 92 you would have a tough time making it through the operation and if you did, there’s not many years left.
    From what I understand(not being an organ transplant dr), the survival rate for adolescents is also lower, but obviously the upside is decades of a healthy normal life for that young girl.
    One thing I do know, registering to be an organ donor is one of the most honorable things a person can do.

    Here’s a good article about what they’re doing in Ca with the help of the late Steve Jobs:


  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, almost 2 years ago

    A quick Google or two of the case.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    @ ConserveGov – Excellent comment, sir! It is always a pleasure to be able to agree with you and your compassion for this issue is obvious. Thank you!.
    One aspect of transplant surgeries that has not been given attention during this specific story is the many people who come to the USA for surgeries and because they have money or influence, are able to get ‘bumped’ up in line to receive a transplant. A few years ago, a Saudi national got a transplant because they could pay cash, and Americans who had been waiting in line and waiting longer had to keep waiting.
    It’s bad enough we outsource jobs, are we going to now sell the health organs of those who died as tissue donors? I notice on my license I don’t have the option of stating, “do not transplant my organs to anyone from overseas unless there are NO American citizens who need them”.
    I guess I’ll be lucky if they don’t use my cadaver for one of those “bodies revealed” exhibits.
    but Respectfully,

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 2 years ago


    A fair post. Unfortunately a decision like this is ill-served by either complete compassion (“we must do everything we can to prolong this girl’s life”) or complete rationality (“are we using resources that someone with a better chance of survival needs?”). In an ideal world, it would be left in the hands of the doctors… but ours is hardly an ideal world.
    And I fully agree about volunteering to be an organ donor. (I did so myself!) Not doing so is one of the most selfish things someone can do; are they planning to use those organs in their grave? And as far as “religious convictions”- well, I have little respect for a God who’d keep you out of Heaven for trying to make your death mean a better life (or life at all) for those still living.

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    This must be what the insurance industry death panel looks like. You know, the one where your insurance company decides if your life saving procedure is cost effective.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 2 years ago

    Lester is just so wrong.

  8. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 2 years ago

    “Over 40,000 deaths PER YEAR due to lack of access to health care in the only developed country in the world without some form of universal health insurance is the most incivil part of the discussion. Add to that being the only developed country in the world where medical bankruptcy occurs, and is still the leading cause of personal bankruptcy. Only in America.”
    Courtesy of Steve Auerbach MD

  9. Zipi

    Zipi said, almost 2 years ago


    Those that use the “just following the rules” justification don’t have the ability to lead. There are times when you have to do what’s right (doing what’s right is something that totally escapes the Obama administration).

  10. Zipi

    Zipi said, almost 2 years ago


    The main problem with transplants isn’t age but how the body will tolerate the anti-rejection drugs that will need to be taken for the rest of the patient’s life.

  11. phdtogo

    phdtogo said, almost 2 years ago


    Alexander Kerensky, Will you still be repeating that mantra when Lenin orders your arrest and execution?

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 2 years ago

    I have a more detailed monologue about this elsewhere today, so here I will abbreviate it: basing health care decisions on popular opinion is, without question, the dumbest approach there is. Remember Terry Schaivo.

  13. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago


    Those that use the “just follow the rules” justification don’t have the ability to lead. Sorry to break it to you zipper head, but all heart transplant teams have a “set of criteria” based on patient outcomes, and transplant data. The criteria set forward is a set of rules they follow to achieve success. I worked with the nations top ranked heart transplant team.

  14. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, almost 2 years ago

    To suggest that this administration is killing off caucasians in favor of minority votes is just stupid.

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago


    Thanks parker, you seem to be one of the few who have read the story. I signed the petition to reconsider how the lung transplants are assigned. Logistics aside, children can receive a lobe of an adult lung, in order to fit the smaller chest cavity. Adults currently are given a higher ranking on the transplant list for adult lungs donors. So very ill children are bypassed for the opportunity, which I feel they deserve. The lung"(s) organ typically goes to an adult who usually is more clinically stable than the child, because of the current ranking system, which may be altered soon.

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