HealthLawProf Blog

Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Man Who Advertised For Liver Dies

Todd Kramptiz, the Houston newlywed who advertised for a liver transplant on billboards throughout the Southwest, died at the hospital where he received his liver transplant 8 months ago.  The Houston Chronicle story by Leigh Hopper does a good job of providing the background and the pros and cons of gaining access to a donor organ by advertising for a directed donation.  According to the article, "The controversy prompted the United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees organ allocation, to recommend in November that hospitals discourage patients from soliciting organs, and if possible, refuse to perform such transplants."  A January 2005 memorandum, however, seemed to take a slightly more studied view of living-donor solicitation.  [tm]

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