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Friday, February 24, 2012

'Still Waiting:' How organ transplants work

WDIO | Paige Calhoun

"You can't wake up everyday thinking, maybe it will happen today because you'll end up disappointed a lot." But the unknown isn't wearing on her today. Jessica Danielson is celebrating her milestone 30th birthday, and finding humor in her situation. As she opens presents with her family, she jokes that a candy heart is one of the organs she's been waiting for.

Right now, Jessica is one of over 100,000 patients on the national transplant list, waiting. Where she stands on that list depends on her blood type, how long she's been waiting, and how sick she is, "Jessica is very, very sick, and you get categorized at the top of the list. Status 1A," Naveen Pereira, Cardiovascular Disease Consultant said.

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