Shotgun Rides Again

Three years after receiving a new liver, a reborn wrestler returns to the ring

A few months shy of three years ago, a young man named Todd Hunter was admitted to the Duke University Medical Center near death from liver failure, most likely triggered by an antiseizure medicine prescribed after a fall near his home in Greenville, S.C. It happened to be the week that a team of TIME journalists was at Duke to report "A Week in the Life of a Hospital," the cover story of the magazine's Oct. 12, 1998, issue. Despite a series of miscommunications over insurance coverage that nearly derailed their efforts, Duke's doctors were able to find Hunter a new...

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