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Sunday, August 28, 2016

LOIS HENRY: Liver transplants hard to come by in California

BAKERSFIELD | Lois Henry

When Laura McKay was diagnosed earlier this year with end-stage liver disease and told she had one, maybe two, years tops, that was bad enough.

Then she went down the bleak and confusing rabbit hole that is the liver transplant world only to arrive at what appears to be a dead end.

Not because she’s too old, horribly unhealthy or an inveterate alcoholic.

It’s her address.

She lives in California.

And here in the Golden State, getting a liver is apparently harder than winning the Super Lotto.

Too much demand, too little supply.

Hence, the rules for who can qualify are stacked against Laura, who’s married to local conservative radio host Jaz McKay.

It’s all about the MELD score. Continue reading
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