Teenager turns down heart transplant TWICE: 'I just want to live life to the full'

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Well if I was one of his parents, I would definitely don't care about what his decision - I wouldn't want to see my child die...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/lia...

He suffers from a congenital heart defect and pulmonary hypertension - and now doctors say he has only months, if not days, to live

Every morning Sharon and Neil Gawthorpe creep silently into their son's bedroom. What they do next, no parent should have to endure.

But every day they stand in the 18-year-old's room and listen for a sign he is still alive.

A sign - sighing or snoring - that their beloved son Liam is breathing.

It might seem an odd thing to do but the couple from Liversedge, West Yorkshire, have every reason to be so worried.

Liam, who suffers from a congenital heart defect and pulmonary hypertension, has twice turned down a heart and double lung transplant - and now doctors say he has only months, if not days, to live.

"We wake up every day and one of us has to go into his bedroom and check if he's still alive," says dad Neil.

Comments (10)

Aug 28, 2013

What part of what he is doing is courageous or to be lauded? Sure, someone else is going to get the heart but I would feel awfully shitty about myself if I was in his family.

"Hey, you guys are great and all but I'd rather just die than save myself. Take it easy!"

What a hero.

Aug 28, 2013

Yeah retard level: YOLO.

Aug 28, 2013
Cruncharoo:

What part of what he is doing is courageous or to be lauded? Sure, someone else is going to get the heart but I would feel awfully shitty about myself if I was in his family.

"Hey, you guys are great and all but I'd rather just die than save myself. Take it easy!"

What a hero.

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Mar 18, 2019

Kid may be depressed. In a way it is suicide.

Jun 30, 2014

His motives seem very vague, I am not sure I quite understand his reasoning.

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Mar 18, 2019

Don't get this at ALL

Mar 18, 2019

I don't agree with his decision, but why is this news, why is it posted here, and why is it something people have to give their opinions on? The guy is making his own decisions. So be it.

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Mar 18, 2019

Idiot. You only live once. Utilize it.

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Mar 18, 2019

Article states that the teen knows other teens and young adults who had the transplant and died within 5 years.

Maybe he doesn't want a lifetime of taking anti-rejection drugs and contending with all the various issues that go hand-in-hand with that - like finding the right balance/dosage of immuno-suppression meds, battling with opportunistic infections, lifestyle changes, potential transplant organ failure, battling with the depression that frequently comes with 7+ hour surgeries where the heart is stopped etc. [yes, the human body/mind almost always suffers from depression after many-hour-surgeries, we were warned about it when my step-dad had a quadruple bypass and was under anesthesia for over 6 hours.]

Getting a organ transplant doesn't magically improve or fix your health - you might be better off than you were prior to the surgery and possibly have repaired one particular aspect of your health, but you've now inherited a different host of problems and side effect health issues.

Stories like this make news because the vast majority of people [whether young or old] can only think about what they themselves would do in this sort of situation, how they think that they'd jump at the chance at extending their life with a transplant. They judge the decisions that other people make by using their own personal watermark/ruler/gauge instead of putting themselves in the shoes of the actual decision-maker.

We have a friend that has pulmonary hyper-tension and she's been told that in the eventuality that her medication ceases to work, which will likely happen in less than 5 years [she currently has to wear a pump that provides meds into her body around the clock], being put on a dual heart/lung transplant listing will be the only option for her.

She's got a husband and 2 college-age kids... I imagine her decision whether to go or not go for a transplant would be just as personal and unique a decision to make as this teenager's. You might be able to say what you would do if it were you, but it's pointless to guess and to try and surmise why others make the choices they make... it's their call and none of our business.

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