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I saw this question posed in an article on THIS WEEK: http://theweek.com/article/index/232120/should-an-autistic-man-be-denied-a-heart-transplant
An autistic patient, 23, needs a heart transplant but has been denied it because doctors think that his mental disability could limit his chances of survival. I am assuming that the doctors will select patients who have the greatest chance to live a long life with the new organ. The news report claims that "Colby is currently taking 19 different medications to deal with his heart condition and quell his anxiety."
"This case is controversial, however, because the denial is based on a mental rather than an anatomical problem that would more conclusively lower his chance of surviving the transplant."
Is this a fair decision or is it discrimination?