Ethical analysis of the first porcine cardiac xenotransplantation

Journal of Medical Ethics (forthcoming)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this article, we provide an ethical analysis of the first porcine cardiac xenotransplant, performed in Maryland, USA in early 2022. David Bennett was offered the experimental procedure after he was deemed ineligible for human heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, based on a history of non-compliance. It was reported that Mr Bennett’s previous instances of non-compliance were for medically non-life-threatening conditions years earlier, where the risks of non-compliance were not as high. We argue that, in Mr Bennett’s case, a history of non-compliance in a different context, should not necessarily rule him ineligible for a potentially life-saving treatment now. Furthermore, using previous non-compliance to exclude individuals from donor organs may have the unintended effect of placing the burden of testing xenotransplantation on those who are already disadvantaged. We then argue that it is not enough to rely on patient consent to ethically justify xenotransplantation research. Taking a broad ethical perspective is crucial when mapping a clinical pathway for xenotransplantation.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,283

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Xenografting: ethical issues.J. Hughes - 1998 - Journal of Medical Ethics 24 (1):18-24.
Medizinethische Probleme der Xenotransplantation.Silke Schicktanz - 2002 - Ethik in der Medizin 14 (4):234-251.
Xenotransplantation, consent and international justice.Robert Sparrow - 2009 - Developing World Bioethics 9 (3):119-127.
Is the Use of Animal Organs for Transplants Morally Acceptable?Rui-Peng Lei - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 5:49-61.
Justice and third party risk: The ethics of xenotransplantation.Jonathan Hughes - 2007 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 24 (2):151–168.
An expedient and ethical alternative to xenotransplantation.Josie Fisher - 1999 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 2 (1):31-39.

Analytics

Added to PP
2023-06-24

Downloads
12 (#1,090,149)

6 months
10 (#276,350)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?