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Social Support Could Mean Life or Life

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Sep 20, 2018 9:00 pm
  • 29:19

Guest: Keren Ladin, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Tufts University Every day, an average of 20 people die in the US waiting for an organ transplant. That’s according to figures the government tracks. But those numbers don’t include all the people that never even made it on the waiting list, because they didn’t meet basic criteria. For example, a patient has to show evidence of a strong social support group in order to qualify for an organ donation. Some experts in medical ethics believe that unfairly keeps people from a life-saving transplant.