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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 01:50 PM

Hospital denies woman’s kidney transplant due to medical marijuana use

Toni Trujillo (pictured left), 40, came to California in 2010 to seek out specialized treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, having contracted a rare disorder in her youth that causes inflammation of the kidneys. She underwent her first transplant in 1991, and has been receiving regular dialysis treatments since 2007 in anticipation of a second.

Trujillo, however, was removed from that list in April after hospital staff learned that she’d been legally using medical marijuana since August 2010 at the recommendation of an independent doctor. She’s now participating in a six month battery of weekly substance abuse counseling sessions and random drug tests. If Trujillo stays clean for that whole time, she’ll be eligible to be re-added to the list — at the very bottom.

Cedars-Sinai also denied a liver transplant to 62-year-old Norman Smith last year after they discovered that his oncologist, who actually works for Cedars-Sinai, had recommended marijuana to help Smith cope with the side effects of chemotherapy and pain from an unrelated back surgery.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/06/11/hospital-denies-womans-kidney-transplant-due-to-medical-marijuana-use/

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Reply Hospital denies woman’s kidney transplant due to medical marijuana use (Original post)
DreamSmoker Jun 2012 OP
hedgehog Jun 2012 #1
Mnemosyne Jun 2012 #2
abelenkpe Jun 2012 #3
Viva_La_Revolution Jun 2012 #4
fe6252fes Jun 2012 #7
mitchtv Jun 2012 #5
fe6252fes Jun 2012 #6

Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 01:51 PM

1. Death penalty for marijuana use?

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 01:54 PM

2. Sure is looking that way. Sickening. nt

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:07 PM

3. They are going to kill her because they don't approve of her medication?

WTF Cedars?
Is there a petition or anything being done on this woman's behalf to reverse this decision?

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:22 PM

4. a good friend of mine has the same problem

she admitted on the the form that she smokes pot. No kidney for her

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:57 PM

7. how sad.

 

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:41 PM

5. this has got to stop

they will take organs from a pot smoking donor, but will deny recipients. UNOS needs to hear about it and if you smoke pot,, I'd think twice about organ donation.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:56 PM

6. appalling

 

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