Judge rules out coercion for liver transplant boyBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6945.1660a (Published 25 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1660
- F B Charatan
The case of a 15 year old Florida boy who is facing a possible third liver transplant operation is posing a difficult problem for doctors and medical ethicists at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
Benito Agrelo was born jaundiced and with an enlarged liver and spleen. Dr Andreas G Tzakis performed Agrelo's first liver transplant operation in 1987 at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital when the boy was 8. After the first transplant failed Dr Tzakis did a second liver transplant operation in June 1992. Agrelo was then given the immunosuppressant drug FK506, …