Medicine: To Keep a Brother

Leon Masden, 19, of Shepherdsville, Ky., suffers from chronic glomerulonephritis. a severe kidney disease. Leon has lost 98% of his kidney function, suffers also from congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, anemia. His only chance of survival, say the doctors, is the transplant of a kidney from his healthy twin brother Leonard. Such transplants have been made successfully three times by surgeons at Boston's Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. (Use of an identical twin is necessary to avoid the risk of hostile antibodies developing in the recipient's system.) But in the case of the...

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