STATES CHRONICLE – Every year, there are endless waiting lists for those who desperately need a liver transplant. In the US, approximately seven thousand people receive a new liver every year. But unfortunately, 17,000 other people remain on the waiting lists, while their lives hang by a hair thread. No one knows what are the criteria to be considered when deciding who should get a transplant first.
It is outrageous that so many people are desperately trying to save themselves, asking for help everywhere. Some of them are very young and desire to live their life before they vanish, while others are grown-up or seniors who wish to see their children or grandchildren growing up, offering them all they have.
All these efforts have transformed into a political struggle which was revealed during a meeting of the organization entitled to govern the network of transplants in the country. Those who get a liver transplant are extremely lucky. Some may have already lost their hope, being extremely sick and almost in the hands of death, when their life flourishes again due to a transplant received right on time.
They receive a fresh start, a new chance to live. Back in 2000, the Congress has issued “the Final Rule” as guidance for the medical staff in the country to know how to allocate the liver in a fair way. The Final Rule recommends the transplant community to assign donor organs according to the best use of that organ, their best medical judgment, but also the avoidance of useless operations.
The new rule also pointed out that the chance of receiving a transplant should not depend on the area where the patient lives. Medical staff argued that it is complicated to balance all the guidelines which were ever issued. Apparently, there has been released a new point of rivalry known as geographic disparity.
This guideline talks about how ill the patient must be before finding himself or herself at the top of the waiting list. All these criteria are tough to be all applied and regarded at the same time. For instance, waiting lists at transplant centers in California are longer than those in Oregon. Thus, patients in California get sicker before they possibly get a transplant.
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