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Giving the Gift: Story 3

Key Moments Make Donation Possible

Story by Joel Swerdlow, Photos by Russell Sparkman

Organs from an eighteen-year-old just saved several lives. Such miracles do not happen by chance. Behind the scenes, dozens of professionals work amid emotions, high-stakes stress, and complex institutional relationships. But at key moments, the gift of life prevails because of one simple conversation between two people that occurred when organ donation was for them just an abstract concept.

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