Judge rules out coercion for liver transplant boy

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 25 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1660
  1. 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, …

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