Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Drugs kill - 22 year old Britisn man dies from cirrohsis

From News Com.au

"A 22-year-old British man who became an alcoholic as a teenager has died after doctors refused to give him a liver transplant.

Gary Reinbach began binge drinking when he was just 13 and ended up with severe cirrhosis of the liver.

He was admitted to a London hospital in May but died after doctors refused to give him a liver transplant amid fears he would not stay sober for six months after the operation.

Mr Reinbach's distraught mother Madeline Reinbach said her son had been in great pain and scared before his life support machine was turned off on Sunday."

It reminds me once again that here at GCASA we are treating terminal illnesses and many of our clients, untreated, would die from their disease. 22 is way too young to die.

Thanks to John Walker, LMSW, CASAC, an Assistant Director For Treatment at GCASA, for bringing this tragic story to my attention.

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