HCS 335 Week 4 Individual Assignment Biomedical Example
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 anyone? 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.
Format your assignment according to APA guidelines.
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