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A man who was denied a liver transplant because he used marijuana with medical approval to ease the symptoms of hepatitis C has died.
Timothy Garon, 56, died Thursday at Bailey-Boushay House, an intensive care nursing center, said his lawyer, Douglas Hiatt, and Alisha Mark, a spokeswoman for Virginia Mason Medical Center, which operates Bailey-Boushay.
His death came a week after his doctor told him a University of Washington Medical Center committee had again denied him a spot on the liver transplant list because of his use of marijuana, although it was authorized under Washington state law.
The case highlights an ethical consideration for those allocating organs for transplant: whether using dope with a doctor's blessing should be held against a dying patient in need of a transplant.
The Virginia-based United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees the nation's transplant system, leaves it to individual hospitals to develop criteria for transplant candidates.
At some, people who use "illicit substances" — including medical marijuana, even in the dozen states that allow it — are automatically rejected. At others, patients are given a chance to reapply if they stay clean for six months. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.
Originally posted by biggie smalls
reply to post by burdman30ott6
You would condemn a man for a mistake made in his teenage years? What about Bush's alcohol and coc aine habit in his college days, which probably still continues today? Would you allow him a transplant if he destroyed his liver due to alcohol or "legal" drugs?
No you would not.
This man made a mistake as a teen, as EVERYONE does, and it turned out to cost him his life.
Just another case of discrimination against people who use natural medicines. Go big pharma!