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94 percent of African-Americans and 85 percent of Hispanics on transplant lists need a new kidney.
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Maryland health officials are recommending better screening of potential organ donors in response to a patient who died of rabies after receiving a kidney from an infected donor.
Family members placed copper leaves engraved with the lost donors name on the "Legacy of Heroes" sculpture tree that now dons a soft green-colored wall in the Intensive Care Unit.
About a hundred organ donor families and transplant recipients held hands, posed for pictures and shared bittersweet stories in hopes of encouraging people to give the ultimate gift.
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