Pennsylvania Denies Liver Transplant for Prisoner
January 27, 2003
A Pennsylvania prisoner with hepatitis C will not receive a liver transplant at taxpayers' expense, state prison officials said. The inmate, serving a five-year sentence in Delaware County for robbery, was denied the transplant because a university hospital transplant committee determined it was not needed for his end-stage liver disease, said Susan McNaughton, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The announcement Thursday contradicts other reports, including from state Sen. Allen Kukovich, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that the committee approved the transplant but state prison officials had not. A liver transplant can cost from $250,000 to $500,000 and can reach $1 million if complications arise.Adapted from:
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