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.
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.
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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