Transplant Tribulation

The government wants a new system for doling out donated organs. Oh, what a ruckus it's causing!

Photographer Bryan Lee, 28, of Ottumwa, Iowa, entered a living nightmare last spring. His daughter Makenzie, 4, had developed liver cancer, and the only thing that could save her was a new liver. Since the demand for transplantable organs is always greater than the supply, Makenzie had gone on a waiting list--but high up, due to the severity of her condition.

Then doctors told Lee that the list would soon have to be rejiggered and that Makenzie would be dropping toward the bottom. Reason: the Federal Government was planning to institute a new system for organ allocation. Makenzie would have to...

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