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$10K in needed dental work keeps Pennsylvania man off kidney list

from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Alan Checca's frail left arm is tangled in tubes connected to a home dialysis machine. His 107-pound frame slumps in a recliner. He types on his laptop to distract himself during the more than three-hour process. "This stuff is permanently here until I get transplanted ... or die," said Checca, 43, of Derry, Pa., who undergoes dialysis three times a week while he waits to get on a kidney transplant list. His wife and 21-year-old son are willing to donate a kidney, but there's one obstacle between him and admission to the list: He must pass a dental exam. more


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