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Giving life

Organ transplants offer renewed health, but many wait for donors

Minutes count to people who need organ transplants. Every 13 minutes another name is added to the nation's waiting list of 85,000. Every day 17 people die because an organ couldn't be found — in time.

While these statistics from the United Network for Organ Sharing are alarming, few heed this wakeup call — despite pleas from government health agencies, churches and organizations like the network (see page 23) — and register to donate organs at their death or even during life.

Cynthia Merola is one of the few.


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