HCS 335 Week 4 Biomedical Example

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HCS 335 Week 4 Individual Assignment Biomedical Example

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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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