Liver transplant loan repayment expected says WA Premier

Claire Murray, 24 died last week in a Singapore hospital following complications related to her second liver transplant. Her first tax-payer funded transplanted liver was damaged due to her relapsing into heroin addiction.

Her initial appeal for a second transplant had been rejected. Finally The WA government gave her family a $250,000 two-year interest-free loan to pay for the surgery. Claire, a mother-of-two was ineligible for another liver transplant in Australia and had to be shifted to Singapore where a part of her aunt’s liver was transplanted into her body. After she developed complications and was too far gone to be saved the doctors had decided to withdraw life support.

Now after her death WA Premier Colin Barnett said that a repayment of the loan was expected. He said on Wednesday, "That the loan is like any other loan the government may make…The family has not approached the government for any relief from that. It's due in two years' time…We anticipate they'll repay that money."

Dr. Ananya Mandal

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Dr. Ananya Mandal

Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.


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  1. rosemary rosemary Australia says:

    It's pretty sad that people have to struggle with the death
    of a daughter and this huge debt together - it's the reason the monetaty system is on it's last legs isn't it - 250,000 dollars for a life saving proceedure? is this what humanity has come to? Yep, it really has.  Bye bye old system!  I can see it crumbling from here!
    One day, in the not too distant future, situations like this will
    be an embarrassing memory. there will be no more debate over whether it is fair or unfair..people will get the treatments they need for free.

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