To the editor:
I was happy to hear of Vernon’s Judi Moris’ successful lung transplant. (She was the recipient of the 500th lung transplant at Vancouver General Hospital.)
I am thrilled she is getting a second chance. However, I also think it’s important to know not everyone is treated equally when it comes to being a recipient.
A year ago, I was diagnosed with an interstitial lung disease. It came as quite a surprise.
Initially, I was told I would need a lung transplant. I decided to get a second opinion.
I saw a specialist in Kelowna who told me I was not a good candidate because of my age and my weight.
Considering Judi is also a grandmother, I can’t help but wonder how it is determined if someone qualifies or not.
I recently moved back to the Okanagan and I am trying to pursue answers.
I felt discriminated against. I can’t help but wonder if other factors play a role in who gets chosen and who doesn’t.