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What happens once a donor becomes available for an organ transplant?

When a suitable donor becomes available for an organ transplant, the doctor calls the candidate recipient, who is told to refrain from eating or drinking and to go directly to the hospital admissions office.

Upon arrival, the person is admitted to the hospital room and the transplant team begins preparing for surgery. They complete paperwork, review medications, check vital signs and draw blood. People wait in their hospital room with their support team until it is time to go to the operating room.

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