posted on Jul, 15 2010 @ 07:10 PM
Originally posted by Whisper67
Cheney got this on the spot, no waiting list. This device usually keeps one going until a transplant heart can be located but apparently, Cheney is
just going to keep the device.
A true example of the Elitism that most certainly exists.
[edit on 7/15/2010 by Whisper67]
Well then I must be one of the Elite.
I have had a diagnosis of Viral Cardiomyopathy since 2001. Regardless of my underlying opinion about the Pharmaceutical Industry (it's evil) and the
US Medical Business (it's pure capitalism gone insane) I know that the medications I have been on for 9 years now have saved my life. Now, this
February my heart failure progressed to a point where my EF is 15-20% (normal is 60% plus) and I was referred to a specialist transplant/heart failure
team. As of May, I now have a Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator installed. I had the procedure within a week of deciding to have it
Now, the LVADs... It is indeed true that the first of these devices were not thought to be robust enough for long term use, and were indeed used as a
"bridge" between death (for want of a better way of putting it) and a transplant. Recently, new models of LVADs have far better long term prospects
and there are a growing number of people who are living active lives with such a device.
If it comes to the point that I need one, I will get one as soon as I need it. No waiting. Gee it's great to be one of the Elite!
If Cheney's doctors decide he needs a transplant on a Monday and he gets it on a Tuesday - THEN there will be an issue to address! In the meantime,
however much anyone dislikes the man, surely we can be happy for his family that his life has been extended for a while by this modern marvel.
Just my story for what its worth.