Can Patients Refuse a Transplant Once they have Given Informed Consent?

Mr. Marcose is a 38-year-old man, admitted to the local county hospital for congestive heart failure. He is first on the waiting list for a heart transplant at Woodland Lake Hospital. On the day Mr. Marcose is to be transferred to Woodland Lake, he complains of being very weak and refuses to leave. He now says he is not sure he wants a transplant; the doctors and nurses are concerned about his condition deteriorating so much that he will no longer be able to undergo a transplant, and they want to transfer him as soon as possible. Mr. Marcose also refuses to go home, even with full nursing care, saying he is too weak...

Also: AIDS vaccine, Sex selection, Genetic testing, Jehovah's Witnesses refusal.

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