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Liver transplants for alcoholic patients: Should they be placed on the waiting list for an organ?
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Liver Transplants for Alcoholic Patients: Should they be placed on the Waiting List for an Organ? Name of the Student Nursing Name of the Concerned Professor May 30, 2013 Liver Transplants for Alcoholic Patients: Should they be placed on the Waiting List for an Organ?
A liver transplant is a standard procedure that is mostly performed on the patients suffering from a liver failure. A large number of liver transplant procedures are carried out every year (Lucey, Merion & Beresford, 1994). The livers that are transplanted in the liver transplant operations are mostly received from the patients who are dead and have consented to their livers being transplanted in the patients who are alive and have a dysfunctional or non-functioning liver. The second group of liver donors happens to be individuals who are alive and donate a portion of their healthy liver to a patient who has a sick or non-functioning liver. As liver transplant is a procedure that is replete with ethical ramifications, the objective of this paper is to discuss the two opposing ethical arguments pertaining to the issue under consideration, for there is present an intense controversy regarding whether the alcoholic patients ought to be placed on the recipient list for the donated organs, irrespective of the fact that every patient has a right to have access to any available treatment, regardless of one’s disease (Brudney, 2007). ...
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