2. Replacing Failing Organs

Patients are placed on an organ transplant list when one or more of their organ is no longer capable of performing its role. This may occur when a person is in the end stage of a chronic disease or has sustained an irreversible injury. Temporary treatments to mimic the function of the damaged organ are vital before a transplant, such as dialysis for kidney failure. Following a successful transplant, such measures are often no longer necessary.

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