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Living organ donation : A solution to the organ shortage in the US?

In late 2012, 22-year-old Mollie Moreland was just starting a nursing job at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio when she made the decision to save someone’s life – not as a nurse, but as an organ donor.Moreland’s brother-in-law, Chris Wagner, a then-32-year-old former veteran and father of two, had a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis, which was slowly causing his liver to fail. Because Wagner’s chances of receiving a liver from a deceased donor were low, he started looking for a living donor.“My sister and my two little nephews, I couldn’t imagine their life without Chris,” Moreland told FoxNews.com, of her decision to become Wagner’s donor. "That was the main thing driving me.”The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) currently lists 121,290 people awaiting organ transplants in the United States, and since most donated organs come from deceased donors, there is a wide gap between potential transplant recipients and available organs.  However, the number of living do...

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