University of Utah – Denies Lung Transplant Over Pot Use

Riley Hancey a nineteen year old from Utah was denied a life saving lung transplantation. His denial was based off the fact he had smoked marijuana. He only allegedly smoked marijuana once in previous twelve months.

In late two thousand sixteen he had received a severe case of pneumonia that nearly killed him. His lungs ended up collapsing. Riley needed a double lung transplantation in order to survive.

He was denied by the University of Utah Hospital after he tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol.

“does not transplant organs in patients with active alcohol, tobacco or illicit drug use or dependencies until these issues are addressed, as these substances are contraindicated for a transplant.”

A University of Utah doctor was willing to allow this teenager to die, over marijuana use. Luckily, Riley found the University of Pennsylvania. A double lung transplant was performed earlier in two thousand seventeen.

He will need to remain in Philadelphia for several months to recover. Ironicially, Riley was prescribed a synthetic form of tetrahydrocannabinol, Marinol, to increase his appetite and help him to gain weight.

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