Health: The Gift of Life

When it comes to organ transplants, demand has always outstripped supply. In the U.S. alone, more than 87,000 people are on the waiting list for transplant surgery, and every 13 minutes another name is added. An average of 17 people die every day for lack of organs. Yet a new poll suggests that plenty of people want to donate. They simply don't know how. The survey, by the Coalition on Donation, found that while 9 out of 10 Americans support organ and tissue donation, only 3 out of 10 know the proper steps to take.

Before considering organ donation, many people...

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