Resource: Ch. 1 of Health Care Ethics (6th ed.)
Mickey Mantle received a liver transplant in 1995. He was a Baseball
Hall of Fame center fielder for the New York Yankees whose liver was
failing because of cirrhosis and hepatitis. Although the waiting period
for a liver transplant in the United States is about 130 days, it took
only two days for the Baylor Medical Center's transplant team to find an
organ donor for the 63-year-old former baseball hero.
According to the director of the Southwest Organ Bank, Mantle was
moved ahead of others on the list because of his deteriorating medical
condition; however, there were mixed feelings about speeding up the
process for a celebrity. Mantle was known for overcoming immense
obstacles, and many argued that the medical system should provide
exceptions for heroes. He was also a recovering alcoholic, which further
complicated the ethical implications of the case. Because of Mantle's
medical problems, doctors estimated that he had only a 60 percent chance
for a three-year survival; whereas, liver transplant patients typically
have about a 78 percent chance for a three-year survival rate.
As in the case of the liver transplant for Mickey Mantle, should the system make exceptions for real heroes? Why or why not?
Support your comments by citing at least 3-acadaemic sources.
Write a paper of at least 1050 words in which you analyze the Mickey Mantle case using the Seven-Step Decision Model.