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Healthy Living: Using 3D Livers

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On average, there are 16,000 people on the waiting list for a liver transplant.  

Finding a live donor is becoming a feasible option for many patients.  

But the surgery can be risky for recipients and donors.  

Now, doctors have a new way to make transplants safer.  

And as Michelle Dunaway shows you in Healthy Living, it's a medical first!

So far, Cleveland Clinic surgeons have used the 3D livers in about 25 surgeries.  

They hope to also use the models for tumor removal surgery and to one day create real organs in a lab to use in transplantation.