When a person dies, transplanting his or her healthy organs could help someone else survive. Often it’s the family of the dead person who has to make the difficult choice about whether or not to allow the organ donation.
The number of people willing to donate organs in Germany has hit an all-time low. Patients in the country are increasingly dependent on a European cross-border organ exchange program.
Restrictive laws, religious concerns and a lack of knowledge about donating organs mean that medically-sophisticated Japan lags well behind other nations in life-saving operations. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
Pioneering surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley died Friday aged 96. He also performed the world's first surgery implanting an artificial heart.
A Vatican conference on organ trafficking has put pressure on China to more closely monitor its organ transplants. China operated a program under which many transplanted organs came from executed persons.
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