Second Liver Transplant Could Not Save Drug Addict Mom

by Gopalan on  April 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM Organ Donation News   - G J E 4
 Second Liver Transplant Could Not Save Drug Addict Mom
Claire Murray, 24, an Australian mother fighting drug addiction, died in a Singapore hospital after her life-support machine was turned off. She was in surgery for eight hours yesterday, but all in vain, as it turned out.
Doctors told Ms Murray's family that Claire had "too many blood clots'' near her heart. Her first liver transplant failed after she returned to using drugs.

The Perth mother-of-two, received a portion of her aunty Carolynn's liver, but was hit by post-surgical complications. Her aunty  remains in the same hospital where she is recovering from her surgery.

Ms Murray made headlines after the Western Australian government gave her a $258,000 two-year interest-free loan to pay for the surgery, after an earlier taxpayer-funded liver transplant failed due to her heroin addiction.

WA Health Minister Kim Hames expressed his condolences to the Murray family.

"The loss of a young person like Claire is tragic," Dr Hames said.

"She was a much loved daughter to her parents and a mother to her two sons.

"She was also an example of what can happen when the scourge of illicit drugs enters the life of a young person.

"I hope Claire's legacy is one of compassion, and that tonight every West Australian will discuss their wishes in regard to organ donation with the families and loved ones.

"In this State we have bipartisan support to investigate ways to boost our rate of registration for organ donation. As of late February, just 16 per cent of West Australians had registered as organ donors, compared to more than 20 per cent in NSW, Victoria and Queensland."

It is believed the State Government will not pursue the interest-free $258,000 loan to the family, now that Claire has died, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Source: Medindia

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