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    Mickey Mantle received a liver transplant in 1995. He was a Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder for the New York Yankees whose liver was failing because of cirrhosis and hepatitis. Although the waiting period for a liver transplant in the United States is about 130 days, it took only two days for the Baylor Medical Center's transplant team to find an organ donor for the 63-year-old former baseball hero.
    According to the director of the Southwest Organ Bank, Mantle was moved ahead of others on the list because of his deteriorating medical condition; however, there were mixed feelings about speeding up the process for a celebrity. Mantle was known for overcoming immense obstacles, and many argued that the medical system should provide exceptions for heroes. He was also a recovering alcoholic, which further complicated the ethical implications of the case. Because of Mantle's medical problems, doctors estimated that he had only a 60 percent chance for a three-year survival; whereas, liver transplant patients typically have about a 78 percent chance for a three-year survival rate.
    As in the case of the liver transplant for Mickey Mantle, should the system make exceptions for real heroes? Why or why not?
    Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you analyze the Mickey Mantle case using the Seven-Step Decision Model.

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    As in the case of the liver transplant for Mickey Mantle, should the system make exceptions for real heroes? Why or why not?

    In regard to Mickey Mantle, there were two sets of opposing opinions regarding giving him a liver transplant, both of which have validity. The first viewpoint hinged upon the belief that he did not deserve a liver transplant because of his alcoholism, which he had suffered from for the majority of his life as he was a recovering alcoholic only for a year and a half prior to his liver transplant, which he received because his own liver was ruined as a result of alcoholism and hepatitis C. In reference to the hepatitis C, he either got this as a result of unprotected sex or when he received a blood transfusion for a sports-related injury. Nevertheless, he also had a tumor in his liver, called a hepatoma, which compressed his bile duct. Therefore, he was not the ideal candidate to receive a liver transplant by any regard, but despite all these red flags against the famous baseball star, Mantle was able to receive a liver within a few days of his request despite the fact that the average wait time on the list to receive a liver in 1995 was three to four months.

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    Health Care Ethics is examined.