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A look into the complicated organ transplant system in the U.S.

Dr. Majella Doyle (center) performs a transplant recovery at Mid-America Transplant Services' operating room in St. Louis.
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Dr. Majella Doyle (center) performs a transplant recovery at Mid-America Transplant Services' operating room in St. Louis.

106,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant, yet federal officials have raised serious questions about the national transplant system, known UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing.

This hour, we learn about a confidential government report and Senate investigation, both finding serious weaknesses in the transplant system.

Washington Post health and medicine reporter Lenny Bernstein, joins us and later, we hear from the Chief of Transplant Surgery at Hartford Hospital.

But first, a Connecticut couple shares their experience waiting for a liver transplant. Kevin Prue is a Madison resident searching for a living donor. His wife Amy manages their Facebook page, Kevin’s Journey to Liver Transplant, and is a volunteer with New England Donor Services

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Catie Talarski contributed to this program which originally aired on August 18, 2022.

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Anya Grondalski is a freelance producer. She started at Connecticut Public as a radio production intern and currently assists in producing shows for Where We Live. Anya has double majors in journalism and political science at Quinnipiac University. She will be pursuing public relations for her graduate year.
Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
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