Organ Recipients Face Death or Disease

Last year a patient at Boston's renowned Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was sick enough to be at the top of a liver donation list, but conscious enough to calculate his risks of dying. When a liver became available, it came with a catch. The donor had a history of risky sexual behavior and the organ could give the middle-aged recipient hepatitis — or worse, HIV/AIDS. "The patient was not in the ICU and was able to answer questions, but it took him several conversations for him to make up...Full Story
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