Healthy Living: New Lungs for Jenna
Every 10 minutes in the United States, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list, and every day 20 people die waiting for a suitable organ.
But a change late last year by the national association that oversees organ allocation is having a profound impact on some patients.
Before the organ allocation change last Thanksgiving, the United States was divided into 58 local donor service areas.
People on the transplant list were first matched with donors within their service areas, even if another potential match was closer geographically.
For now, the new rules just apply to heart and lung transplantation.