Crikey Clarifier

Mar 26, 2012

Do all patients get offered possibly diseased organs (or just Hinch?)

Derryn Hinch revealed he was told by doctors that the new liver may be infected with HIV or hepatitis before his surgery. Do many patients get offered risky organs? asks Bianca Kerr.

Broadcaster Derryn Hinch revealed on 60 Minutes last night that moments before his liver transplant surgery went ahead last year, he was told by doctors that the new liver may be infected with HIV or hepatitis as the donor had been a long-term drug user. As Hinch and his surgeon Bob Jones explained on the program:

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  1. TormentedbytheDs

    I worry for the donor’s family now they are in the Hinch media machine.
    It will only take some new information about the donor and Hinch will turn on them.
    Hinch is an enigma. He is a basically good man, unlike most shock jocks, but devoid of compassion.
    Everything is black and white to him.

  2. James K

    I have often wondered if I can be a donor. 15 years ago I had a bad mole that was cut off – a malignent melanoma. It had not spread. I did not need any further treatment. They got it “in time”. But I have been knocked back for bone marrow and I wonder would they knock me back for organ donation too?

    This article seems to imply maybe I can still be… but it would be a trade off situation.

    I can live (and die) with that. Hopefully the die part will be about 30 years away still, when I am in my 80s!

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