Heart Transplant

Topics: Ethics, Cocaine, Immanuel Kant Pages: 2 (529 words) Published: September 27, 2012
To:Operations Manager
From: Lead Surgeon
Date: September 13, 2012
Subject: Heart Transplant

This evening of September 13, 2012 at 0900hrs we received word of an available heart. After further review of each matching candidates, we have decided that the 12 year young lady named Lisa will be receiving this heart. If Lisa does not receive this heart she has a high chance of not even making it to her 20s. She has suffered many health issues in her short life due to various viral infections and lupus like immune deficiency. The other candidates that were taken into consideration for this donor heart were: Jerry a 55 year old male whose heart was damaged by steroid use earlier on in life and Ozzie a 38 year old male whose heart was damaged by the use of crack cocaine. The final decision to give the donor heart to Lisa was based on Utilitarian Ethics which seeks to achieve the greatest good for the greatest amount of people; or that the decision is based on the good of the outcome (Ruggiero, 2008, p. 145). The reason why we chose not to pick Jerry, as we known Jerry needs a heart. His wife and three children will be put in a tough spot financially, if Jerry passes, because currently his wife doesn’t have an education above high school and is also a stay at home mom. If we continue the treatment that Jerry is currently going through, he is better able to wait for another donor heart. As we feel that Lisa’s heart is continuously getting worse. Ozzie’s damaged heart is through self inflected wounds, such as crack cocaine along with many other drugs. It is very unfortunate that we had to make him the candidate at the bottom of the list, because his condition is not that of natural causes. The fear is that after Ozzie receives a new heart is that he will relapse and a perfectly good heart would have gone to waste. Ozzie is able to wait for another donor heart, and I do prayer that he will hang in there and receive another heart. Lisa is an only child of...
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