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TONIGHT AT 10: The Organ Trail: High demand for transplants

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The high demand for liver transplants in other parts of the country could hit home in Iowa.

There's a proposal to shift how livers are allocated across the country, which could affect Iowans and their time on a waiting list.

For those on the waiting list at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 58 percent are still waiting after 6 months. Around 1.7 percent died in that time waiting for a new liver.

Thursday, Nov. 6, on the KWWL News at 10 p.m., KWWL's Jerry Gallagher examines the proposal and how it could impact families in a life-or-death situation in the future.

Links:

Link to the Iowa Donor Network: www.iowadonornetwork.org/ 

Annual report about liver donations: srtr.transplant.hrsa.gov/annual_reports/2012/pdf/03_liver_13.pdf

Report about the liver transplant program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: www.srtr.org/csr/archives/201402/IAIVTX1LI201402NEW.pdf

Read the letter that lawmakers sent to the Health Resources and Services Administration over the United Network for Organ Sharing organ allocation proposal: ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/Yoder.pdf

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