Grey's Anatomy: Poetic license??

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hep93
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   Posted 10/8/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this show is fictional, but at the same time I was under the impression that they try to be as realistic as possible.  I know ER did.  Tonight, Meredith's dad has end-stage cirrhosis caused by his alcoholism, and needs a transplant.  They are telling him that in that particular facility, they require a year of sobriety before a transplant can be done.  Is this really up to the transplant center and not a UNOS ruling?  Also, his daughter may donate part of her liver.  So, if there is a living donor in this situation, then the 6 month or 1 yr. rule does not apply?  Just trying to get my facts straight here.
 
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Connie
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 10/9/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Connie I believe it's the transplants center criteria. They seem to differ from hospital to hospital slightly. I think the less stringent ones are the hospitals trying to get their new transplant programs off the ground. As far as the living donor.........that's a good question. Never gave it a thought before. But it would make sense to me that they would have to be alcohol free for some period of time also. Anyone one out there with the answer????

Hope you are feeling okay today buddy........thoughts and prayers.........
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hep93
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   Posted 10/9/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for answering the first part of my question.  The character on the show who needed the transplant had been sober for 3 mos.  One of his daughter's ultimately donated part of her liver.  So it would seem that if a transplant candidate has a living donor, the amount of sobriety doesn't apply...according to this show.  Don't know if that's a reality, though.
 
I'm off to get my hair cut.  Be back this evening.
 
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C.
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harpazomeup
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   Posted 10/10/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I very intently watched the show, and also had the same questions that you did Connie.  I thought in one hours time this father came in with ESLD and by the end of the show had a new liver.  I caught the one year sobriety and was also curious about the live donor waiting time.  On one of the posts here I read about a daughter that wanted to donate part of her liver to her father and sadly for her father, they would not let her do it, due to him not having the six months of AA.  He passed away and she is still dealing with the anger that it is her own body and she should have the right to do (or share) what part of it that she wants.  In this case to save her father's life, but the hospital would not do the transplant.  My sister was talking to me about this, about doing a live liver donation for my brother if she was a match, but I am under the impression my brother would still have to put in the six months of AA.  This show has me questioning that.   Harp. 

hep93
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   Posted 10/11/2009 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Harp, I think they may have taken some liberties in the show, in the interest of their story line.

Hugs,

Connie


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