Todd Krampitz, a 32 year old Texan died on April 20, 2005. Krampitz was diagnosed with liver cancer and went on a controversial media campaign to find a suitable donor for his much needed liver transplant.
At this time it is not known if the cause of his death was his liver cancer or complications from the transplant. His billboard campaign, “I need a liver, please help save my life”, got many talking about the ethics of directed organ donation. Where a family member can specify who receives the organ for transplantation. Also, issues of justice and fairness are raised as people seek alternative ways to ‘jump’ to the head of the waiting list. How will this affect people’s trust in the system?
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.