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Monday, February 20, 2012

Organ from less-than-ideal donors saves patient's lives

USA Today | Patricia Ansett

DETROIT -- The nation's critical shortage of donor organs is triggering a change in the use of organs once considered less than perfect.

For a half-century, most organ donations have come from young or middle-age people who died in auto and other accidents. These organs have been considered the best because they are usually in good condition and undamaged.

But today, with people waiting for organs far outnumbering donations, more centers are asking patients whether they would consider an organ from a nontraditional source: a person older than 50; someone with high blood pressure or kidney issues, or someone who died after a heart attack, leaving an organ without blood, a factor that can affect its viability.
Read more: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/story/2012-02-20/Organs-from-less-than-ideal-donors-save-patients-lives/53167716/1

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