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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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, 11 months 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:

    http://donatelifecalifornia.org/stories-events/latest-news/

  3. ReFlex-76

    ReFlex-76 GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    - A little girl got a chance to live longer, but Mr. Lester focuses on “someone dies.”

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 11 months ago

    A quick Google or two of the case.

  5. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 11 months ago

    @ConserveGov

    Well said!

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 11 months 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.
    Sadly,
    but Respectfully,
    C.

  7. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, 11 months ago

    Some comments here are a good read (Conserve, RT) others are disgusting…
    The price we pay for “free speech” .
    The “poli-toon” is false, based on fear and ignorance..

  8. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @ConserveGov

    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.

  9. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 11 months 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.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, 11 months ago

    Lester is just so wrong.

  11. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 11 months 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

  12. Zipi

    Zipi said, 11 months ago

    @Xabulba

    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).

  13. Zipi

    Zipi said, 11 months ago

    @ConserveGov

    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.

  14. 1opinion

    1opinion said, 11 months ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Can’t read, can’t comprehend, as confused as it seem to be about its name.

  15. phdtogo

    phdtogo said, 10 months ago

    @Adrian Snare

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

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