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Transplant Tragedy

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Riley Hancey, a local Utahn from Park City, died after complications with a lung transplant he received at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Riley was so far from home because the University of Utah Hospital wouldn’t allow him to receive a transplant due to his past use of marijuana.

Riley was deemed not eligible for a heart transplant from the U of U Hospital after trace amounts of marijuana were found in tests was rejected. Even though the decision could have led to the young adults death.

Giving transplants to patients with drug use or other unhealthy habits is a topic of controversy. Though an organ should never go to an unhealthy person over a healthier one. That is why what the U did was the right thing to do.

When it comes to spare organs in perfect working condition supplies are scarce. Organs are a very valuable resource because of high demand and low supply. Medical professionals must treat deciding who gets what organs with great caution because lives are on the line and not everyone can be saved.

If two organ candidates both need transplants and there is only one heart, for example, then the heart must go to whoever has the greatest chance of living the longest to get the maximum value out of an organ.

That is why the organ must go to the most healthy candidate a person who knows how to take care of their own body. That is why drug use of any kind should automatically make patients exempt from receiving transplants.

In conclusion, the University of Utah Hospital did nothing wrong, and in fact I hope more hospitals follow in their footsteps causing more people to be wary of what they put inside their body, as well as a higher survival rate of transplant patients.

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