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Yes, the accused killer and attempted suicide got the liver

Caplan’s commentary is sound, but if you really want to know what the public thinks (and thinks they know) about the transplant system, read the comments. Quite illuminating.

ETA: The issue isn’t whether he’s a killer, alleged killer or confessed killer. If our system were to start deciding who is ‘worthy’ based on someone’s criminal record, a lot of people are in trouble. The problem is the attempted suicide. Transplant committees routinely deny transplants with psychological constraints: eating disorder, active addiction and yes, suicidal behavior. The transplant center was remiss in not taking the time to give him a proper psych eval and ensure his stabilization before considering transplantation. They put profit before ethics, violating the public’s trust in the process.

Hopefully we won’t let them forget any time soon.

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Apparently it never happened:

However, a hospital spokesperson now says the liver transplant never took place. The New York Post took down their story on July 27 and issued the following statement:

“In Monday’s editions of the New York Post we published a story that confessed wife killer Johnny Concepcion underwent a liver transplant operation at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The hospital today issued a statement that no such operation took place. The Post relied on two NYPD sources for its report and it is now evident they were misinformed. We apologize to our readers for the error. Prior to publishing the story, the Post sought official response from New York Presbyterian Hospital. The Post was denied information by the hospital which stated it could not discuss individual cases because it would be in breach of the [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule (HIPAA). Curiously, the hospital now sees itself free to publicly discuss Mr. Concepcion’s case.”

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