9 doctors weighed in:

Is it fair to others to have heart transplant at 60?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
6 doctors agree

In brief: Wrong ? to ask

With such a severe shortage of organs, there will always be many deserving patients for each organ.
It's impossible to only choose the best candidate for each transplant. Fairness is built into the system by having transparency, an openly agreed upon set of policies that are strictly followed and are often revised, and requiring each txp center to define their own rules. This is done through unos.

In brief: Wrong ? to ask

With such a severe shortage of organs, there will always be many deserving patients for each organ.
It's impossible to only choose the best candidate for each transplant. Fairness is built into the system by having transparency, an openly agreed upon set of policies that are strictly followed and are often revised, and requiring each txp center to define their own rules. This is done through unos.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, especially if you have end stage heart disease and you are going to die without a new heart.
Best approach is to have everyone you know sign a donor card and tell their family of their wishes to donate their organs if they become brain dead.

In brief: Yes

Yes, especially if you have end stage heart disease and you are going to die without a new heart.
Best approach is to have everyone you know sign a donor card and tell their family of their wishes to donate their organs if they become brain dead.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Yes

Having a heart transplant at age 60 is unfair to no one else.
Transplants are decided by a list of people who are most in need of a donor organ to prevent imminent death. They are not generally determined by age.

In brief: Yes

Having a heart transplant at age 60 is unfair to no one else.
Transplants are decided by a list of people who are most in need of a donor organ to prevent imminent death. They are not generally determined by age.
Dr. Michael Zevitz
Dr. Michael Zevitz
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