Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/23/liver_transplant/

German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

Didn't quite manage the 'dry for six months beforehand' challenge

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 23rd January 2014 06:02 GMT

A German woman scheduled for a liver transplant presented herself at the hospital clutching a bottle of vodka, having spectacularly failed to lay off the booze in the six months leading to the op.

According to Spiegel Online (in German), a nurse at the Göttingen University Hospital had to relieve the unnamed frau of her refreshment and pour it on the floor. The patient admitted to quaffing "at least" one bottle a day in the run-up to her appointment with the sawbones, but apparently got a new liver anyway.

The alcoholic revelation came during the trial in Göttingen of the hospital's suspended head of transplants, named as "Dr Aiman O", who's accused of "manipulating dozens of his patients' test results, [allegedly] making them appear sicker than they were to get them liver transplants more quickly"*.

These recipients may have got new organs ahead of those "who more desperately needed them", Spiegel Online says. It's not clear if the vodka-lashed woman benefited from Dr O's alleged fiddling, but it seems likely she was well on the way to joining the "desperate need" category. ®

* The doctor has been suspended since November and is currently under investigation by state prosecutors.