Stuck in the Middle with You singer, Gerry Rafferty, 63, has died after having been put on life support, including kidney dialysis, at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for multi-organ failure back in November, 2010. The Scottish singer-songwriter had struggled with alcoholism for over two decades.
Alcoholic liver disease is the leading cause of end-stage liver disease in the U.S. and Europe. Alcoholic liver disease can be treated with liver transplantation but this remains somewhat controversial because some people feel that alcoholism is a “lifestyle choice,” not a disease, and that alcoholics have “wasted” their livers therefore don’t deserve another. What do you think?
Mr. Rafferty was, apparently, a candidate for a liver transplant. Up until the time he died, his doctors were hoping that his condition would stabilize so that he could be transferred to London under the care of Professor Roger Williams, a liver specialist (hepatologist), who has supervised liver transplants for other patients, notably Northern Irish professional soccer (football) player George Best in 2002.
Mr. Rafferty’s death reminded us of the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. We’ve included it below in memory of Gerry Rafferty.