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Age restrictions on organ transplants


Should there be an age restriction for organ transplants?  Former VP Cheney is recovering after receiving a heart transplant at the age of 71.  Eyewitness News wants to know what you think.  Post your comments (below) and they could appear on Eyewitness News First at 4 p.m.



Ben Ascone

I think if everyone who is healthy and eligible to donate their organs at their time of death, should do so. It is as easy as checking off "yes" on the back of your driver's license. If more people did this, there would never be a need for a waiting list.

Upstate New York opinion

There should be no age restrictions for organ transplantations. Each and every case should be reviewed individually regardless of age, financial status, etc. For whatever reasons, it was decided that VP Chaney was a candidate at this time. The medical establishment still knows best, despite the insurance companies behaving as though they do. Who gets a transplant should not be a political decision. Godspeed VP Chaney!


No, there should not be any age limit for organ transplant. As long as everyone on the waiting lists for organ transplant follows the same "rules" and protocol they all deserve the same chance to extend their life by transplant. No one should be able to "bump" someone from the list or "jump a turn" because they are younger, smarter, richer, etc. Best wishes to Mr. Cheney for a speedy recovery.

michele dorta

i think it should be a case by case decision. not based on age but based on the receipant's health and risk factor at the time.

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