Rich Schultz wrote:Now let's see if the idiots who hate him have a heart.
I'm sure if Ted Kennedy had received a liver transplant at the age of 71 you would have been very respectful and wished him well.
Politics aside, the articles I've read on this story seem to suggest that 72 is some sort of cut-off for heart transplants. I'm not sure if that's just some generally accepted practice or if it's codified in some AMA guideline. Certainly it wouldn't be the law. Cheney waited 20 months for a transplant, which is significantly longer than average, so perhaps he was passed over several times in favor of a younger candidate. I would be wary of making a mountain out of a molehill on this one.
From a medical standpoint, one article pointed out that 50% of heart transplant victims die from infection or rejection. They need to suppress your immune system in order to prevent your body from attacking the invading organism (your new heart) so on top of rejection, there's a significant risk of the patient developing other deadly illnesses such as pneumonia while their immune system is compromised.
Anyone who has watched their parents or grandparents grow old can tell you that it's not simply the specific complaints that become a concern but the overall condition of the body. "My knee's been acting up and I wake up with terrible pain in my wrists and I forget if I've taken my arthritis pill today, etc,etc." Though I'd love to think he'd make it, I simply cannot imagine my father surviving the physical trauma of receiving a new heart.
And that's why they give them to younger patients.