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Organization to make organ donations more available to patients

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CLIO, MI (WNEM) -

Kimberly King battled leukemia more than 10 years ago. It was a battle that led to her needing a liver transplant.

"Every time the phone rings you're looking to see if that's the call that's gonna save your life," King said.

The organization in charge of transplants wants to make donations more available to everyone across the country.

"I had a 30 percent change of surviving the surgery and if i didn't get a call soon they were going to take me off the list," King said.

The Clio woman said waiting for a new liver was one of the hardest things she's ever done.

"We just hoped that we would get the call," King said.

The United Network for Organ Sharing is proposing a chance that could help people like King who are in need of a new liver.

Livers are first offered to the sickest patients, which are determined by a ranking that predicts their current risk of death. The nation's 11 transplant regions are subdivided into local areas with individual waiting lists and there are wide variations in organ availability in different regions.

"It's a tough road, a really tough road," King said.

The new list will be cut to eight regions across the country, which will give organ recipients a better shot at getting a new liver without having to move, which sometimes is their only option.

King, who is now healthy after receiving her transplant, said they can redistrict the organ donation areas, but awareness and being a donor is the most important of all.

"One organ donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of many," King said.

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