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Transplants / Costs (Special Segment) #528110

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 19, 1983
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(Studio) Expense of transplant surgery featured.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Palo Alto, California) Gospel sing at Martin Luther King labor center in Memphis, Tennessee, reported held to raise money for Ken Maxwell, who needs liver transplant. Said patient at of Tennessee Med. Center. [Hepatologist Dr. Lawrence WRUBLE - says transplant is Ken's only hope.] [U. of Tennessee Med. Center Lynne EVANS - notes $80,000.00 cash deposit required.] Wife's med. insurance noted not covering liver transplants. Efforts of Shirley Maxwell to raise necessary funds reported [Shirley MAXWELL - hopes liver transplant will be husband's Christmas gift.] Mayor of Memphis and local union said guaranteeing to make up difference between $23,000 raised and needed $80,000. [EVANS - recalls those who died because they could not afford the operation.] Pictures of transplants shown. Kidney transplants said costing patient nothing, due to law passed by Congress Because of cost of kidney transplants, government said refusing to pay for others. At Stanford Med. Center, transplant costs said $125,000. Robert Fleming, in need of heart transplant, noted, shown. [FLEMING - talks of death, and the stress of financial pressure to pay for a necessity.] Efforts of Fleming's church to raise money recalled. [Dr. Edward STINSON - says requirement of money is reality.] Memphis gospel sing shown again. Federal government noted only hope for those needing heart and liver transplants, unless such efforts as those of the two patients featured continue.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

Reporter(s):
Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom
Duration:
00:04:30

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