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Autism Patient Denied Heart Transplant

by Savitha C Muppala on August 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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 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.

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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.



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