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How is the right organ found for me if I need a transplant?

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) maintains a centralized computer network that links all organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers (hospitals that perform transplants) and uses a complex matching system to determine if an available organ is a good match for you.

Many factors contribute to whether or not an organ will be offered to you, including, but not limited to: blood type, medical urgency, where you live (an organ must be safely transported the distance to the transplant hospital) and in some instances your weight and size compared to that of the donor.
 

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