Medicine: Which Life Should Be Saved?

A shortage of transplant organs raises ethical questions

Jamie Fiske, 11 months old, had one thing in common with three-year-old Justine Pinheiro, and that disappeared on an operating table in Minneapolis. On Nov. 5 the baby daughter of Charles and Marilyn Fiske of Bridgewater, Mass., underwent six hours of surgery that gave her a new liver and a good chance to recover from biliary atresia, a congenital liver defect that generally leads to death before the age of four. Justine Pinheiro is still waiting for a transplant to give her the same chance. The...

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