April 17, 2013, - 6:23 pm
If you are an American football fan over age 35, then you probably know the name Pat Summerall. And you probably know that Summerall died yesterday at age 82. He was an NFL player for about a decade and called football games for much longer, teamed with John Madden for a good deal of that time. But Summerall was an alcoholic, and he needed a new liver because of it. After that, he turned things around and recovered from his alcoholism. That and his new liver saved his life and prolonged it a great deal.
On this site, I’ve written about the deaths of other famous people who were alcoholics and got liver transplants. And some readers brought that up, objecting to liver transplants for alcoholics when others–such as those stricken by liver cancer, those with birth defects or bile ducts problems, etc.–are behind them in line. And they have a point. Should people who damage their livers because of their own actions–ie., alcoholism–get livers ahead of others who did nothing to put themselves in the circumstance of needing a liver . . . or should they be sent to the very back of the line because of their contributions to their condition? What do you think?
In any event, Pat Summerall, Rest In Peace.
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