The last post was about something in the news, something that we only know one side and second hand, but this is what I think we all heard … Some family has a disabled child who for whatever reason needs a kidney. A big city, top notch hospital doctor recently told the family something to the tune of:
We will not give your daughter a kidney because she is mentally retarded.
That is the gist that we are hearing, it may or may not be true, and that is not the discussion here. No matter what, there are nuances and things we don’t know.
But here is what I have been wrestling with the last few days …
You are in charge. You have one kidney and two patients who are a medical match for the kidney and both need it to survive. Neither can wait. Various scenarios, who gets the kidney? …
Two young teenagers, a boy and a girl. Normal, adjusted, healthy but for the need of a kidney.
An MBA candidate from Columbia University and a homeless 45 year-old man.
Your husband and a recently released multiple sex offender.
Your 19 year-old otherwise normal daughter and Pearlsky, a severely disabled 19 year-old with completely unknown future medical path.
There is a reason that Mike Dukakis got roasted for the answer below. How do you make a major decision when it involves a loved one, or someone similar to your loved one? How do we – the community of which this blog belongs – how do we relate to what we think happened at that hospital?
I don’t know. It haunts me. But screw you, Pearlsky gets the kidney.