While I love the Young Turks, I’m torn on this video. Both Cenk & Ana seem to say they understand the transplant process but they oversimplify the decisions that go into listing & selecting candidates for transplant, whether they are adults, or in this case, children.
Due to privacy reasons we may never know the true reason of why this child was denied. I know there is always some degree of politics when it comes to decisions with centers due to the scarcity of organs & the list of candidates, but to assume automatically that bad grades were the only reason? I really do find that hard to believe.
But I disagree that it is the hospital’s responsibility to clarify this decision. I understand the family is obviously upset, but not everyone qualifies for a transplant.
Had this been 5 or 6 years ago I might not have. I know others who needed lungs just as badly as I did or another organ but did not qualify.
These decisions are not to be politicized, sorry.
I still love TYT, just happen to disagree with them on this particular segment & the way they chose to report it.
Having a family member needing a transplant is an entirely different set of emotions than being the one going through the process yourself.
I don’t doubt that this subject is close to Ana’s heart, & she went through an ordeal with that family member & that’s why she approached it with such fire. I just think the way she chooses to talk about it fails to take in the transplant community as a whole or the process itself. It’s just so easy to assume that the decision making on the hospital’s behalf is flawed. It might have been, but obviously there were other factors at play that are not known.
Furthermore, the sets of tests & the listing procedures vary by organ. I know this too but only because I have friends & know people who have had several different types of transplants. Furthermore, the criteria vary from center to center as well. Perhaps another center would have found this candidate suitable for a heart for different reasons. Perhaps they might have denied him.
It would have been nice if they researched to see if there was another transplant center near by the family could have sought out a second opinion. (In many larger cities there may be more than one center to choose from.)
Here are the UNOS policies for both pediatric & adult heart transplants (as well as heart/lung).