HCS 335 Week 4 Biomedical Example

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HCS 335 Week 4 Biomedical Example

Instructions

Resource: Ch.
1 of Health Care Ethics (6th ed.)

Mickey
Mantle received a liver transplant in 1995. He was a Baseball Hall of Fame
center fielder for the New York Yankees whose liver was failing because of
cirrhosis and hepatitis. Although the waiting period for a liver transplant in
the United States is about 130 days, it took only two days for the Baylor
Medical Center's transplant team to find an organ donor for the 63-year-old
former baseball hero.

According
to the director of the Southwest Organ Bank, Mantle was moved ahead of others
on the list because of his deteriorating medical condition; however, there were
mixed feelings about speeding up the process for a celebrity. Mantle was known
for overcoming immense obstacles, and many argued that the medical system
should provide exceptions for heroes. He was also a recovering alcoholic, which
further complicated the ethical implications of the case. Because of Mantle's
medical problems, doctors estimated that he had only a 60 percent chance for a
three-year survival; whereas, liver transplant patients typically have about a
78 percent chance for a three-year survival rate.

As in the case of the liver transplant for Mickey Mantle, should
the system make exceptions for real heroes? Why or why not?

Write a
1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you analyze the Mickey Mantle case using the
Seven-Step Decision Model.

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