Dr. Abbas Ardehali, associate professor of
cardiothoracic surgery and director of the UCLA Lung Transplant Program is making a win-win situation out of a moral dilemma.
According to USA Today, organ transplantation surgery is being performed on older and older patients (men and women in their 80's!) with successful results.
While this is good news for the elderly, the moral dilemma presents itself when available organs are being taken away from younger patients who have yet to lead full lives.
Dr. Ardehali's attitude?
"With the aging population being in better shape and taking care of themselves, who am I to be a god and say you can't live because I want another person to live?" (USA Today)
The UCLA Lung Transplant Program, studies show, is compromising by typically giving one lung instead of two to the elderly, and using organs that are considered unfit for younger patients. With the consent of the elderly, they receive organs that are, for lack of a better phrase, 'damaged goods.'
The studies, which Ardehali co-authored are being used to find ways to further increase the survival rates of elderly patients.
If you're looking to squeeze every good live long day out of your life span, then waste not, want not and call Dr. Ardehali!
Dr. Ardehali specializes in Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Thoracic Surgery. He speaks English and Farsi. Dr. Ardehali practices in Los Angeles, California.