US prisoner at centre of heart transplant rowBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7341.808/c (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:808
- Deborah Josefson
A Californian man has become the first prison inmate in the United States to receive a heart transplant, sparking a debate over the allocation of organs.
The case received widespread media attention, both because the patient's status as a prisoner made him eligible to go on the transplant waiting list and because the transplantation itself and the before and after medical care were funded by the taxpayer.
To qualify for a transplant, patients in the United States must first show their ability to pay for the procedure or have …