Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Double Arm Transplant for Iraq Veteran

I recently posted on the UK's first hand transplant. That's a worthy story in itself, but one American Iraq veteran and quadruple amputee recently received a double arm transplant. Medical advances really can be life-changing, as well as life-saving. As ever though, there are serious questions about who gets to benefit given resource scarcity. These distributive questions are primarily moral questions, as are certain questions about how resources (such as the supply of donor organs) can be increased. (Since I first saw this, the story has been picked up by the BBC here.)

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