Choosy Patients Turn Down Liver Transplants in Surprising Numbers
Rejecting less-than-perfect livers is a risky decision for patients.
Transplant surgeon John Roberts called his patient and told him the news: A liver was available that would be a good match, although it came from an older donor. The patient felt confident about his health and told Roberts no thanks — he’d take his chances waiting for a better one. Shortly afterward, the patient called Roberts back.
“I’ve rethought this,” he began. By then, it was too late; the next recipient on the waiting list had accepted the liver and was headin...