Friday, October 24, 2014
Heart transplants from deceased people could extend lives, but can we afford it?
Surgeons in Australia have accomplished the first heart transplant from a person with complete circulatory death, according to a BBC News story by James Gallagher, link here. The operation is said to increase the pool of patients who might benefit from heart transplant by 30%.
Would there be an age limit (say the mid 90s), or some requirement that the patient not have developed severe dementia? Life spans are already increasing longer than we are able to support them financially, at least without having more children than we do.
Just because we can do something like this doesn’t mean we should. We have to consider the impact on others in the family.
Dick Cheney has done very well on his heart transplant, Huffington story here.