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Some patients rethinking donor organ quality

DETROIT (AP) - Some patients needing organ donations are reconsidering less-than-perfect organs as waiting lists grow.

The Detroit Free Press reports ( that with no increase in organ donations nationwide and not enough organs to go around, Americans must decide whether to take an organ from an older person or from someone with a chronic health issue.

University of Michigan liver specialist Michael Volk says the issue is an eye-opener for some patients and their families.

More than 42% of 95 University of Michigan patients said in a survey that they would rather wait than take a liver from a nontraditional source. Doctors say some don't understand that the risk of dying while waiting for an organ is often greater than if they take one from a less-than-perfect source.


Information from: Detroit Free Press,

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