Skip to comments.AIDS Activist Undergoes Liver Transplant Surgery
Posted on 12/25/2001 4:04:30 PM PST by bayourod
PITTSBURGH -- AIDS activist, author and playwright Larry Kramer underwent liver transplant surgery and was listed in serious condition Monday.
Kramer's doctors said his condition was improving and was about where it should be after the 12-hour surgery Friday.
Kramer, 66, spent seven months on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's waiting list. He moved to Pittsburgh in early November to wait for an organ to become available. While many transplant centers oppose the surgery for HIV-positive patients, UPMC's Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute has performed 10 liver transplants on HIV-positive patients since 1997. Eight of the patients have survived. Kramer's HIV has been relatively well controlled, but he suffered from end-stage liver failure caused by hepatitis B.
How many people have been infected with AIDS by the 8 other homosexual recipients since their surgeries?
Which organ will fail next and have to be replaced as his AIDS progresses?
I wouldn't mind a family member or friend (or even a right-minded stranger) from getting some use out of body parts that I wasn't able to use anymore...
But I refuse to even risk being the one responsible for lengthening the life of some stinking liberal or pervert.
Apparently his kidneys, from the article on the operation in the Pittsburgh Tribune.
"This morning, Larry said to me, 'You know, this really is revolutionary. This is the next big story in AIDS treatment,'" said friend and caregiver Rodger McFarlane.
Mr. Kramer is the founder of ACT-UP.
When I worked for a corporation, in years past, I was always quite open about my refusal to donate to the United Way/United Fund.
This being said, my record is not ('officially' at least) unblemished...
Years ago I had a supervisor who craved a '100%' contribution rate from his subordinates. My refusal to cooperate landed me in his office, where I had the pleasure of refusing him to his face.
He was apoplectic...
We compromised by him reaching in his pocket and handing me $15, at which point I authorized $1 a month for 12 months. Net profit to me: $3, but at the cost of an ugly technical violation of my charity code...
How many children or other people died of liver failure so an AIDS activist could extend his selfish life just a little longer?
'Scam' is the EXACT word that pops into my head when I hear the words 'United Way'.
Of course, that's merely one man's opinion...
A religious leader of the Pope's stature, or of Billy Graham's for that matter, would lend it some credibility, yes.
But the bottom line is that the UW is an unnecessary layer, with overhead mouths to feed that can easily be eliminated simply by donating directly to deserving charities.
I would never knowingly do anything to keep the light in a liberal's eyes for a single second.
Now, pray tell, exactly which part of this unequivocally stated, starkly uncompromising policy do you find 'incomprehensible'?
"...By the way, you may be condemning a conservative or potential conservative to a shorter life by refusing to sign a organ donor card..."
Of course this is a potential downside. Every policy, every strategy, ha a downside. In a more perfect world you could put a trustworthy organization in charge of the post-mortem distribution of your donated organs so that you could have a measure of assurance that liberals and their ilk would be discriminated against.
"...If you can not recognize the idiocy of your position, then you must be impervious to logical or rational thought..."
Admit it, newbie, you just don't like my philosophy, my eager willingness to discriminate against leftists on a life and death basis. And -judging by how quickly you resorted to name-calling- my guess would be that your credentials as a conservative are shaky at best.
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