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Seventeen people a day. That's approximately how many people in North America die waiting for an organ transplant. There simply aren't enough donor organs to meet demand. And if you are waiting for say, a liver, and one becomes available, there's no guarantee it will be a match. Here's the story of a woman who almost lost hope after having to turn down three different donor organs.
When you're in your 20s, life is supposed to be an adventure. New experiences, meeting new people, seeing new places. You're not supposed to worry, "Will I live to see tomorrow?" That's what a young man named Trevor faced when he got sick, very sick, while traveling in Mexico. When he got back to the U.S., doctors at Mayo Clinic told him he'd need a transplant. That began a journey he never expected.