Ethics: Recipients vs. Donors

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To: The Board of Transplantation Recipients and Donors

From: Beth Lara, Lead Surgeon, MD.

Subject: Transplantation Recipients

Date: February 8, 2015

Purpose: The purpose of this memo today is how I, Beth Lara MD. Leading Surgeon of this council, will decide which patient will receive this heart transplant that has just recently become available. I will discuss and decide which patient I believe out of the three will be getting this transplant based on an utilitarian decision making process. I will discuss the different factors which helped me come to my decision and I will do my very best on communicating my decision as well as how I arrived there. Thank You.

Summary: Here is the summary, briefly, of the three candidates that will be involved in this particular transplant case. First we have Jerry. Jerry is a 55 yr. old husband and father of 3. He supports his family by managing a carpet business in which he is nearly 5 years from retirement with the business. Jerry’s wife Joanie is a stay at home mother with no education more than a high school diploma as well as stable career path, but she has raised 3 amazing children who are all teenagers now entering college, except for their middle child who is autistic. Jerry needs this transplant to be to be able to continue to provide for his family. I think it’s important to mention that Dr.’s presume his outcome after the transplant is of good chances and will most likely add another 10 to 15 years of life. Next on our list we have Lisa. Lisa is a 12 year old young girl who desperately needs this transplant to live but her outcome is not as promising as Jerry’s, where as she is only anticipated to live no more than the age of 20. She’s very sick with other underlying issues. Its worth noting that her father renowned oncologist Dr. Doe along with his plea for the surgery of his daughter, states, that he…...

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