DONOR PROGRAM HELPING TURN TRAGEDY INTO 'GIFT OF LIFE'

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Penn Presbyterian Medical Center is one of several trauma centers in Philadelphia that see a lot of shooting victims. Getting those patients there as quickly as possible is crucial.

But even if a life cannot be saved, others could get a second chance at life, thanks to the most successful donor program in the country.

Just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police rushed to the 5600 block of Ridgewood to find a 25-year-old man shot in the chest. They quickly loaded him into their vehicle and rushed him to the emergency.

Earlier, about a mile away, police found a 37-year-old shot in the face, head and neck. Again, under an effort begun under former Commissioner Charles Ramsey called 'Scoop and Run', officers do not wait for an ambulance and instead take him to Penn Presbyterian themselves.

"Police officers getting to these victims quickly and taking them to a trauma center that has a lot of experience," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. Continue reading



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