To: Dr. Sivana
IIRC, the life expectancy of CF patients used to be quite low....the fact that she lived into her 20's says something good compared to many years ago....
If one is on a waiting list, for 18months, I don't think you get to be too picky.....
she might have died from her CF complications alone within a few months....
so taking some lungs, even though from a smoker, is a no brainer...no one could predict that the lungs would be cancerous....
not everything works out, but the intentions and reasoning probably were correct...
posted on 12/19/2012 10:35:48 AM PST
Well put. Yes the immunosuppressive therapy probably let the new lungs be more vulnerable to cancer, but it was still a gamble worth taking. No lungs at all, and a certain death within a short time, or at least a "chance" with smoker's lungs.
I'd take the chance.
posted on 12/19/2012 11:17:55 AM PST
("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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