Mexican singer harms organ donation culture

For the surgeon, the statements made by the Mexican singer are an “abomination” and show a total ignorance in regards to the body and human biology

Mexican singer harms the culture of organ donation in Mexico with discriminatory rant
Vicente Ferández rejected a liver transplant because he thought it might have belonged to a homosexual - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 12/05/2019 14:36 Mexico City Actualizada 14:43
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Health experts agree that the claims made by Mexican singer Vicente Fernández are absurd, discriminatory, and irresponsible. Fernández claimed he rejected a liver transplant because he feared it might come from a drug addict or homosexual donor.

Vicente Fernández said he was diagnosed with liver cancer and doctors told him he needed a transplant but he refused and fled the hospital: “They wanted to give the liver of another man and I told them: “I'm not going to sleep with my wife (while I have) the liver of another man. I don't know if it belonged to a homosexual or drug addict.”



Doctor Mario Antonio Cardona, a solid-organ transplants surgeon explained that “the only reason there is to reject an organ or a tissue if because the donor has an acute contagious infection or a contagious chronic infection such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B or C, syphilis, and tuberculosis.”

For the surgeon, the statements made by the Mexican singer are an “abomination” and show a total ignorance in regards to the body and human biology.

The doctor further explained that in some case, they have used tissues and organs from donors who used certain substance but whose organs were healthy, which didn't cause any damage to the receiver.

“It is totally absurd and little humane to think of homosexuality as if it were an infection. That a person has certain social conduct doesn't imply that they can't be a great donor,” said the surgeon.

In Mexico, only 3.9 in every one million people donated their organs after their deaths, therefore, Mexico's culture of organ donation is inefficient compared to developed countries.

According to the surgeon, these type of statements made by a public figure “attack and impact those who want to donate negatively. It is condemnable that such a visible person affects 15 years of work.”

According to the latest report from the National Transplant Center, from January-March 2019, there are 15,356 people on a waiting list to receive a kidney; 6,187 patients need a cornea, and 327 need a liver.

“The culture of organ donation has moved forward but at a slow pace. Unfortunately, because of these type of statements, from irresponsible people, a negative social impact over these issue has been generated.”


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