Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Please help me mum I dont want to die

Last words of alcoholic, 22, who died after being refused liver transplant

A young alcoholic denied a liver transplant because he was too ill to prove he could stay sober outside hospital had begged his mother to help him live.

Gary Reinbach, 22, was terrified and pleaded with his mother to do something hours before his death. His last words to her were: 'Please help me Mum, I don't want to die.'

Mr Reinbach had the worst case of cirrhosis that doctors had ever seen in a man of his age but they refused to give him a new liver which could have saved his life.

National guidelines dictate that to qualify for a donor organ, a potential recipient must prove he has the determination to stop drinking by remaining abstinent for six months.

Gary Reinback

Binge drinker Gary Reinbach in hospital with his mother Madeline Hanshaw shortly before he died

This is to make sure there are no more cases like that of George Best - the football legend who continued to drink after receiving a donor liver and subsequently died.

Gary's mother Madeline Hanshaw, 44, told how he begged medical staff to give him the vital transplant just the day before he died.

'Gary had done everything he could to convince doctors he deserved one. He had even begged them straight out to give him a second chance to live,' she told the Mirror.
George Best

Death by guidelines. NICE guidelines. How much more heartless and NASTY can you get?


Sue said...

Whatever happened to the Hippocratic oath?

angus said...

Zero tolerance on the way?

killemallletgodsortemout said...

He, and his liver, were fucked. Too little, too late.

His Mother should hang her head in shame. A bit more parental control of the 13-year old boozer may have prevented his ALD in the first place.

I'm all for keeping an eye on the NHS, and highlighting their fuck ups, but give them a fair go. The NHS didn't cause this bloke to drink himself stupid - or more pertinently, drink himself and his liver to the point of no return.

There comes a point with heart disease, for example, when nothing else can be done. It happened to my father-in-law, and he died.

Death happens, lifestyles contribute.

Bill said...

The core issue is not the transplant guidelines, the issue is the availability of transplants. If transplants were more readily available, the guidelines could be easily changed. Growing replacement parts will eventually help, but for now we could dramatically change the availability of transplants by requiring everyone to specifically opt-out if they don't want their organs to be used this way. In one country, this changed the number of people donating organs from 10% to over 80%.