New York Times angers readers with story of pig heart recipient’s criminal past — Action News Now

Many have pointed out that being a bad person doesn’t disqualify you from health care

The New York Times upset some readers with a story that pointed out that the subject of experimental heart surgery once maimed someone. The victim’s family believes the man should not have had a second chance at life.

Mrs Grey received a lot of backlash from readers after she published an article. story Thursday was titled “Patient of Groundbreaking Heart Transplant Has Violent Criminal Record.” The patient in question was David Bennett Sr., a Maryland man who received life-saving treatment. experimental transplantation Hearts from genetically modified pigs.

The procedure is truly groundbreaking and could pave the way for addressing the persistent shortage of transplant organs, which are currently on waiting lists, forcing doctors and ethic experts to decide who is eligible to receive organs, and leading to horrific criminality , such as the black market for donor organs.

The Times story and That The Washington Post was the first to report on Bennett’s criminal past, exploring the ethical aspects of choosing who receives the lifesaving procedure. Bennett was denied having a human heart because of his medical history, including his tendency not to take prescription drugs or attend follow-up appointments. So a cutting-edge pig heart transplant was his only chance to prolong his life.

But the family of a man named Edward Shoemaker argued that Bennett did not deserve the opportunity because of the pain he caused them. In 1988, he attacked Shoemaker with a knife, apparently over an argument over Bennett’s then-wife’s feelings. The victim was paralyzed during the attack.

The lives of Shoemaker and his loved ones thereafter are “Pure Hell,” His sister told the Post. He spent 19 years in a wheelchair before passing away in 2007. His youngest brother feels guilty about what happened to him. He became addicted to opioids and died of an overdose ten years after the attack at the age of 28.

Bennett was tried for the assault and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Shoemaker’s family said he has not paid either the court-ordered damages nor the compensation they received from him in the civil suit.

After being released from prison, Bennett “Go on and live a good life. Now he’s got a second chance to have a new heart – but I hope, in my opinion, it’s given to someone who deserves it,” sister said.

The tragedy, painful as it was, was irrelevant to those deciding whether he was eligible for surgery. Medical ethics requires that only the health of the patient be considered. “Our job is not to separate sinners from saints. Sin is a matter of law,” Arthur Kaplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University, told The Washington Post.

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