They basically said that he had a drug problem
One day, Riley Hancey was perfectly healthy, and the next day he was told he was going to die. Riley was stricken with a life-ending disease, but he was told that it could be treated. However, the hospital refused to give him another chance at life because he was deemed to be a drug user. Riley would die because he took a few puffs of a joint in a state that views marijuana as a problem instead of a solution.
19-year-old Riley Hancey was the average American teen boy going through early adulthood. He was enjoying his Thanksgiving holiday when he fell so ill that he had to be put on life-support in a matter of days at the University of Utah Hospital.
Riley and his family learned that he had pneumonia that had damaged his lungs so severely that he would need a double-lung transplant in order to survive. It was an extremely rare and unexplainable scenario.
While the procedure was possible, the doctor said something that shocked the scared family.
Riley burst into tears when he was told by his doctor, “You will die. You better get your affairs in order,” even though he was also told he would live with a transplant.
The doctor refused to perform the transplant simply because Riley had smoked pot.