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Patients bond as they await life-saving organ transplants in Pittsburgh

from New York Daily News

In her eight-month wait for a lung donor, Tricia Moses joined the unique community of people seeking transplants in Pittsburgh. More than 1,250 patients live near the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, their fragile lives in limbo as they await a life-saving match with an organ donor. They get to know one another, offering support through the roller-coaster process of illness and waiting, sudden surgery, and, if the operation succeeds, the slow return to normalcy. "It's like a big family. You build that strong bond," said Moses, 39. "It's a friendship that stays with you forever. It's a whole new life." more

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