Topeka Kansas health officials say the state will drop its objections to allowing a woman to have a bloodless liver transplant in Nebraska.
Mary Stinemetz of Hill City is seeking the transplant because she says her Jehovah's Witness religion forbids blood transfusions. Medicaid will pay the costs of the operation.
Andrew Allison, executive director of The Kansas Health Policy Authority, said Wednesday that it authority will not appeal a court ruling ordering it to grant Stinemetz's request to have the transplant in Nebraska. The authority had objected to having the Kansas Medicaid fund pay for a procedure performed in Nebraska.
The Kansas City Star reports that Stinemetz suffers from primary biliary cirrhosis, which causes the liver to deteriorate. No hospitals in Kansas perform bloodless transplants.