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NY hospital denies suspected killer got new liver

Reuters Health, July 28, 2010

The widely reported liver trnasplant at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital to alleged killer Johnny Concepcion never took place, a hospital spokesman said. On Monday, the New York Post said Concepcion, 43, who allegedly stabbed his wife to death earlier this month, had gotten a liver transplant at the hospital after eating rat poison in a suicide attempt. The story quickly took off, making headlines such as msnbc.com's "Many outraged as accused murderer gets liver transplant" and CBS News' "Suspected Killer Gets Organ Transplant, Jumped to Top of Waiting List." Liver failure from poison can sometimes kill people much more quickly than a chronic condition such as cirrhosis. That's why a victim of poisoning may move ahead of other patients who've spent more time on the liver transplant waiting list. But Bryan Dotson, a spokesperson for the New York Presbyterian Hospital, said the New York Post report was wrong. The widely reported liver transplant at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital to alleged killer Johnny Concepcion never took place, a spokesperson told Reuters Health on Tuesday.