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Disclosing Information

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 21 July 2011

What happens when a proposed medical treatment clashes head on with a patient's cultural values?

Moha has kidney failure. He's on dialysis to replace his lost kidney function, and on the waiting list for a transplant. But his chances of receiving a kidney from a deceased donor are slim.

The donor pool is primarily Caucasian, and given that Moha is African and has a rare blood type, it's unlikely a tissue matched kidney will come up.

His nephew back in his country of origin offers to donate one of his kidneys. But Moha has a secret that only he and his medical team know about.

As his nephew has offered to donate a kidney, the team feel that he has a right to know. Should Moha be forced to tell?


    Bobbie Farsides, Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics and Brighton and Sussex Medical School

    Dr Robert Elias, a kidney specialist at Kings College London NHS Foundation Trust

    Professor Jane Anderson, HIV specialist at the Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London


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