Who is the more deserving recipient for a donor liver: a 9-month-old boy with liver disease who will die in 18 months without a transplant, or a 21-year-old pregnant woman who, after being diagnosed with liver cancer, is not expected to live more than 6 months without a transplant?
The decision may depend on who is making it. In a new study in the July 18 BMJ, researchers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, described 8 potential transplant scenarios to a group of family physicians, gastroenterologists, and members of the general public. Each group was asked to select 4 individuals who would receive transplants.
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