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No doubt, one big question to as ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:20pm

No doubt, one big question to ask...and what is the disease inherent with the transplanted organ has a lot to do with it as well....BD

When a liver became available, it came with a catch. The donor had a history of risky sexual behavior and the organ could give the middle-aged recipient hepatitis — or worse, HIV/AIDS. image

"The patient was not in the ICU and was able to answer questions, but it took him several conversations for him to make up his mind," said Kimberly Sullivan, his nurse and transplant coordinator.

"It depends on what might be transmitted," she said. "But if you look at it from the perspective of a dying patient, would he rather die or have a small chance of developing something like hepatitis B? Most patients take the organ and a chance at life."

ABC News: The Deadly Risks of Organ Transplants

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