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Essay heading: Ethics of Organ Transplants
 
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The recipients waiting for transplants are listed at the transplant center where their surgery will take place and on a national computerized waiting list of potential transplant patients in the United States. When donor organs become available, many factors are taken into consideration in finding the best matched recipient such as medical compatibility of the donor and potential recipient or recipients including characteristics of blood type, weight, age, urgency of need, and length of time on the waiting list...
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Usually preference is given to recipients from the same location as the donor because timing is a critical element in the organ transplant process. Hearts can be preserved for up to 6 hours, livers up to 24 hours, and kidneys for 72 hours. Lungs cannot be preserved outside the body for any extended period of time...
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