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Inmate Receives Transplant

A California inmate is the first person to receive an organ transplant while in state prison. The transplant and after-care estimated to cost as much as one million dollars

has been followed by controversy, over whether there are limits to the health treatment for ailing inmates.

The Sacramento Bee first reported the operation, which took place at Stanford Medical Center. The 31-year-old felon with congestive heart failure, was given a new heart on January third from an unidentified donor. He´s serving a 14-year sentence for a 1996 robbery in Los Angeles. Prison officials said he won´t be eligible for parole until 2008.

The operation appears to mark the most extreme action under a court mandate to give prisoners the same standard of medical care as the average law-abiding patient.

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