Riley Hancey is a 20 year old man from Utah who was internally denied a lung transplant because the hospital found traces of marijuana in his system.
On Saturday, he passed away in the Pennsylvania hospital.
He initially began having trouble in December after a bout of pneumonia that resulted in him being admitted into the hospital at the University of Utah. He was on life support for the next two weeks, but was denied eligibility for a transplant.
The reason behind the denial was that the hospital found trace amounts of marijuana in his system. Many people think this was absolutely inconsiderate, but smoking of any kind increases the chance of an organ being rejected, especially when that organ is a lung.
His parents were outraged by this, but it is against hospital policy to allow for transplants “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.”
He eventually did get a double lung transplant, on March 29th, but unfortunately, he passed away on April 22nd.
From Fox News:
Updates on Hancey’s YouCaring page asked for continued prayers as he recovered from the procedure. On April 22, the family announced Hancey’s death. “It is with heavy hearts, we are devastated to announce that Riley Hancey passed away from complications of a lung transplant,” the post read. “We are extremely thankful to all the wonderful doctors and staff at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Utah for their expertise and care that Riley received. We would also like to thank the donor family, who in their own grief chose to save a life. We will never forget your kindness and generosity.”
His father told The Tribune that his death “is unbelievable.” “If you could talk about angels, [the UPenn] medical staff, they are a group of angels. From the physicians down, I just couldn’t believe it,” Mark Hancey told the news outlet.