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Lives lost, organs wasted

from The Washington Post

Every day in America, 33 people die in need of new organs, and about 115,000 people are languishing on waiting lists. The chronic shortage of transplantable organs has spawned lawsuits by lung and liver patients, and forced industry officials to reassess rules that have governed organ distribution in America for decades. But tinkering with distribution will do nothing to boost overall supply. To do that, medical researchers and industry leaders say the system must aggressively pursue more less-than-perfect donors — people often dismissed as too sick, too old or too complicated — and persuade transplant surgeons to accept their less-than-perfect organs. more


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