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Addressing the organ shortage: presumed consent and xenotransplants

Vijay Rajput


The transplantation of organs is a triumph of modern medicine. Kidney transplantation provides a longer life expectancy and better quality of life than maintenance with dialysis does. Successful liver and heart transplantation are life saving. However, there is a wide gap between the need for organs and their supply. In 1999, 6,448 people in the USA died while waiting for an organ transplant; 3088 were for kidneys and 1,767 for livers.

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