Mexican Music Icon Rejects Liver Transplant, Fearing Donor Was Gay

Articles May 19, 2019 06:10

According to NBC, Mexican singer Vicente Fernández, 79 said he rejected a liver transplant out of fear that the donor was a homosexual or an addict. He said in an interview with Mexican talk show De Primera Mano:

They wanted to give me some other man’s liver, and I told them ‘I’m not going to sleep next to my wife with another man’s liver. I don’t even know if he was homosexual or an addict.

Doctors found a cancerous lump in Fernández’s liver 7 years ago. He recalled leaving the hospital after he refused the liver transplant, which doctors urged he accept.

Mexican Music Icon Rejects Liver Transplant, Fearing Donor Was Gay
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They didn’t want to let me leave, but I got dressed and started leaving. They said ‘Please, Mr. Vicente, at least leave in the wheelchair. If anything happens to you, they’ll shut down the hospital,’ so I left in the wheelchair.

Ironically, his son Alejandro is a well known closeted gay in the country and the statement sparks memes.

Mexican Music Icon Rejects Liver Transplant, Fearing Donor Was Gay
Mexican Music Icon Rejects Liver Transplant, Fearing Donor Was Gay
Mexican Music Icon Rejects Liver Transplant, Fearing Donor Was Gay
Mexican Music Icon Rejects Liver Transplant, Fearing Donor Was Gay

Fernandez eventually underwent a successful transplant in Chile.

Medical director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s liver transplant program Dr.Steven L. Flamm explained:

Liver transplants are done when there are no other options. Without a transplant, the rate of dying is greater than 75% within the first year or two, so it’s not something that should be easily dismissed.

I don’t know what being gay has to do with it. A healthy liver is a healthy liver, and sexuality cannot be transferred along with a liver.

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