Breath Taking

“Riley was given a drug screening, routine for transplant patients, and he tested positive for THC, the high-inducing chemical compound in marijuana; that Thanksgiving night hangout with his friend had come back to haunt him. As members of the transplant team gathered in Riley’s room with the Hancey family, a doctor broke the news: The hospital didn’t consider Riley a good transplant candidate because of the marijuana in his system. Riley would not get new lungs there.” A nineteen year-old who needed a lung transplant was initially denied one because he smoked some pot. This is a story with a frustrating beginning and a terrible ending. But it’s well worth reading.

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