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What is an organ transplant?

An organ transplant is surgery to replace an organ that is no longer working. Examples include, a lung, heart, liver or kidney transplant. During a transplant, the diseased organ is removed, and the new replacement organ is surgically placed into the patient's body. The new organ comes from a donor. In some cases, such as with a kidney transplant, the donor may be a "living donor." Other times, the donor is someone who has died, but who previously agreed to donate their organs. People who need organ transplants often wait a long time before a match is found. Even when a match is found, there is still a risk that their body will reject the organ. After a transplant, people take medication for the rest of their lives to prevent organ rejection.

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