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November 15, 2012


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Please help sign this petition!

Wanilla-Bean Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

"My son Paul was denied placement on the heart transplant list because of his mental disability. The doctor was more interested in the fact that he could not name all his medications (he takes 19 at the present time) and the Princess Peach doll he carries for comfort, than the fact that he has never smoked or drank alcohol. Where will the discrimination end?

They never performed any tests to evaluate Paul's heart condition or mental status. He was denied placement on the list based solely on records from his cardiologist. How can they turn him down without performing a full evaluation?

Paul is a wonderful boy that has taken his mental and physical illness in stride. He has just completed his first novel geared toward preteens and has had it self-published. He is now working on the sequel. This is really the only thing that keeps his mind off of his mortality. How do I explain to him why he can't have a new heart?

Can you help us tell the Transplant Committee they are wrong and he deserves the chance to grow old and watch his two young nephews grow up?"

- as quoted from the petition itself

Does this ~Isaac-the-Runner really not deserve a heart transplant just because of a mental disability?
If you don't think so, I would strongly recommend signing this petition to help him!
He is human, after all, and I think that he has the right to get this surgery regardless of his mental condition.

What was that doctor even thinking?
It disgusts me that he should turn him away solely based on the fact that Paul couldn't name all of his medications and that he carries a doll around for comfort.
I feel like the purpose of becoming a doctor is to help patients, not to turn them away for reasons that have nothing to do with what you're helping them for.

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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please read the Forum Posting Guidelines before posting as petitions are not allowed in the forums.

FAQ #801: Are there any rules for the Forums?

AJGlass Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This thread was already posted in the Complaints Forum: [link]

Here is the article with more details: [link]

According to Dr. Susan Brozena of Penn Medicine, he was denied for more reasons than just autism:

-psychiatric issues
-the complexity of the process
-multiple procedures
-unknown and unpredictable effect of steroids on behavior

Now stop spreading this all over the forums. :|
Svataben Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why are you spamming this?

Also, he was denied because of his heart condition, your own quote says so:
"He was denied placement on the list based solely on records from his cardiologist."
Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Not to sound dispassionate…

But there has to be more to this story than what is being revealed here. In fact, I know there is.

When determining whether to award a patient an organ, there are many issues to take into consideration. But the most important is whether they have an underlying pathology that would reduce the success rate of the transplant.

If he is on 19 medications, he most likely has existing health problems. Other organs may be involved. The committee will not award a heart to someone with multiple organ failure.

And they haven’t even stated the reason he needs the transplant. Is it cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure? And if so, what caused it? All of that is relevant in determining whether to award him a transplant or whether to let the heart (a valuable and limited resource) go to someone who stands a greater chance of surviving the surgery.
Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Welcome to the USA, where healthcare isn't even a right yet thanks to idiot congressmen. Are you sure there isn't some kind of advocacy program or international organization you can seek to? And did you thoroughly check FAQ #801: Are there any rules for the Forums? before posting?
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