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For example, it is possible to lead a healthy life with only one of the two kidneys that humans are born with, so people with two health kidneys will sometimes donate one to someone in need. Portions of the liver, lungs, and pancreas have also been transplanted out of a living donor, but this is less common. In most cases, living donors make their donations to help a family member or close friend. Organ transplantation has come a long way since the first kidney was transplanted from one identical twin to another in 1954.

S. pdf (accessed November 9, 2005) registrations’’ refers to all the registrations from all transplant centers for all organs. Therefore, this figure is larger than ‘‘total patients,’’ which is the number of patients waiting for a transplant. An individual may show up as more than one registration in the ‘‘registrations’’ category because that individual may be registered at more than one transplant center or for more than one organ. However, individuals waiting for transplants are counted only once in the ‘‘total patients’’ category, but they may show up more than once in the listing of organ types under that heading if they need more than one organ.

B. A. Ditillo in ‘‘The Emergence of Palliative Care: A New Specialized Field of Medicine Requiring an Interdisciplinary Approach’’ (Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, vol. 14, no. 2, June 2002) suggests that the movement in the United States to improve end-of-life care (the palliative care movement) is a result of the SUPPORT study. ’’ These complex needs include help in understanding various life-sustaining treatments and support to decide whether to accept or refuse such treatments at the end of life.

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