Woman Denied Liver Transplant Due to Alcoholism—but She Hadn’t Had a Drop to Drink

By 1 year ago

Desperate for a Transplant

Christine Leland had never been a big drinker, so learning that she suffered from cirrhosis was a shock on its own. Leland’s liver was scarred beyond repair, and her diabetes was out of control. When she first attempted to seek a liver transplant, the hospital took one look at her lab results and began pointing fingers.

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Bad Luck

The doctors informed her that she would be unable to receive a liver transplant because she was an alcoholic, which had caused cirrhosis of the liver. They found alcohol in her urine. Leland was flabbergasted. She tried to assure the transplant team that she hadn’t had anything to drink that day, but they wouldn’t believe her.

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