Autism Patient Denied Heart Transplant

by Savitha C Muppala on Aug 17 2012 9:09 AM

 Autism Patient Denied Heart Transplant
Twenty-three year old Paul from Pennsylvania is autistic and also has a severe problem with his heart.
Doctors had informed his family in 2008 that he needs a heart transplant to survive.

Recently, Paul’s family was shocked to learn that Paul had been denied a heart transplant due to his psychiatric condition. Apparently, he was not included in the waiting list of patients for heart transplant.

The reason for such a decision by the hospital was due to the complexity of the case and ignorance of doctors about the influence of medicines and steroids administered during post-operative care on patients’ with psychiatric disorders.  

This clearly indicates the need for in-depth research on the subject, to avoid wrong medical decisions especially ones that can make all the difference between life and death.