BTDT. 6 year 3 months 5 day wait for a midnight Friday installation. If you are on dialysis, I recommend the do it your self plan.And this come from someone who will need a kidney transplant but will also need to lose weight first.
Which transplant center are you listed at, or thinking about if not yet listed? I recommend Tufts, but all of the places that do this sort of bodywork locally know what they are doing and outcome differentials have more to do with patient mix than doctoring. Besides one of the transplant surgeons at Tufts is named "Jeff Cooper".
Untrue. All info in the organ waiting list is secret. There is no way you can audit it to see if the powerful and famous a getting special treatment.This is no secret and there are no hidden records.
The MD has NOTHING to do with the allocation of the organ. (S)he is offered the organ for you after the final test They can only do so much in advance; the final test involves mixing donor and recipient blood, and you refresh the sample on file once a month. Four people ahead of me failed this test and one had a fever so being #6 quickly moved to #1.And it doesn't matter who establishes the standards, if the are applied in MA, MA law applies. All it will take is one otherwise eligible overweight person to take it to court in MA and the doctors will fall in line to avoid future lawsuits.
The surgeon then decides if (s)he feels it is one worth offering you and if the answer is yes, you have a decision to make when you get the call. Be sure to have a decent undertsanding of EPTS, KDPI, and what level KDPI you are entitled to (no top 20% meat for the old or sick, which is why being offered a top 1/3 was fantastic luck) and have your cutoff for KDPI in mind. The MD who gets called first gets to pick which kidney (generally the left goes first because the connecting tubes are a bit longer). It's OK to turn down a kidney if it does not score well enough. A nephrologist and transplant surgeon told me to require top 60% or above; one nephrologist told me to take anything offered. So, there is not univesal consensus on this. You keep your place in line if you turn down a kidney because you don't like its score.
The entity to sue would be the NE Organ Bank. I doubt the suit would go very far:
The law has long given the movie industry an out on discrimination laws for the on-screen characters, and races, size, ethnicity, etc. can be a bona fide job qualification. But, that does not generally extend to claims like "We get more business with attractive servers, and meet the job requirement of wearing 5" heels on the job". It will be interesting to see how this aspect of the law plays out if enacted but, since no successful actions have been brought for using actors whose color, height or size matches the role, I don't expect any change.The bill would add to the state’s anti-discrimination laws the words “height or weight, unless for the purposes of compliance with any established state, federal, or industry safety standard”
As to "did it to themselves" - diabetics being blamed isn't even in the same league as seeing an alcoholic get a replacement liver while others are waiting.