NEW YORK (CBS) In the state of New York, there are nearly 2,000 people waiting for a liver transplant. A few days ago, one man from the Bronx who reportedly confessed to killing his estranged wife - and then destroyed his own liver in a failed suicide attempt - managed to sail past everyone on the list, and got a life-saving operation.
How did that happen?
43-year-old Johnny Concepcion, who allegedly confessed to fatally stabbing his wife, left New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Friday, July 23 feeling as good as new, after receiving a liver transplant, reports The New York Post.
The news has infuriated not only those who were bypassed on the state's transplant list, but also the friends and family of Jordanita Sarita, Concepcion's slain 36-year-old wife and mother of three, who told The Post they feel it is "a complete waste on man who obviously had no regard for life."
According to The Post, Concepcion fled the scene of the murder on foot and was not seen or heard from for two days. He contacted family members via text, saying, "To the members of the family, I hope you can forgive me."
The newspaper reports he then attempted to kill himself by taking rat poison which destroyed his liver. Luckily for Concepcion, a witness saw the murder suspect collapse, and he was rushed to the hospital. In the hospital, he was arrested and arraigned for murder, and also was given the life-saving transplant.
When he was released from the hospital, Concepcion was taken straight to jail, the paper reports.
A spokesman for the United Network of Organ Sharing told The New York Post, "The system is designed to save as many people as possible" regardless of social factors, such as wealth, fame, arrest or criminal records.
Concepcion is due back in Bronx Criminal Court August 11, says The Post.