Medicine: Kidney in a Suitcase

For other vacationers the trip would have been routine. But when Josephine Berman, 43, and her husband toured the Grand Canyon, stopped at Las Vegas and then visited San Francisco last summer, it was something of a medical miracle. For eleven years the pretty Brook lyn housewife has suffered from chronic kidney disease. Like 24,000 other similarly afflicted Americans, she could never go far from the massive dialysis machines that purge her blood of the toxic wastes her kidneys are no longer able to remove. Yet during her 16-day trip, she shunned kidney...

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