I'm late to the discussion, but...are you both speaking of the same brother? It is impossible to know from the information you have exactly what his condition is; if he is able to be treated or not. He would not be eligible for a transplant evaluation until he has 6 mos. of documented sobriety (usually in AA, with each meeting verified by a chair person.) But without treatment, and maybe even with it, he will never make it to that point. I would personally move him to a different hospital, but I don't like to give up. Every one of us who has made it to this point has fought to get here.
I've been without insurance and went to a local teaching hospital that accepts uninsured patients. This could be an option for your brother. However, I ended up going to Mayo just when my Medicare card arrived. But you really need to know the nitty gritty of his disease and exactly what is going on.
A MELD score serves the purpose of letting UNOS (United Network of Organ Sharing) know who is next in line for a liver transplant. The higher the score, the sicker a person is...and those with high scores will get transplanted soonest. It is divided into districts and then states. It has nothing to do with how long a person will live. When one has liver cancer, the MELD goes higher with exception points--usually to a 22. Then, after every 3 mos. on the wiating list, that patient gets 3 more points. Therefore, I was MELD 25 when transplanted.
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Post Edited (hep93) : 6/12/2013 12:04:09 AM (GMT-6)