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Harry Wilson is one lucky man even Harrys doctors cannot believe how lucky he is You see Harry at age 54 was dying He had to have both of his kidneys removed they were failing and he had been on an organ donation list for the past two years without success Harrys children were tested for compatibility but without success Harrys own brothers and sisters were tested for compatibility but still no success Now you may ask how in the world could anyone consider Harry Wilson lucky Well Harry Wilson got married about three years ago to Mary Smith It was a second marriage for both and they obviously loved each other very much But that was only a small part of Harrys luck The doctors decided to test Mary for compatibility and it was a complete match In fact the doctors could not believe that two people who were related by marriage only could have such a perfect blood and tissue match Consequently the surgery was scheduled Harrys two kidneys were removed and replaced by one of Marys kidneys Now they both have one kidney apiece and both are doing very well living together in Cadillac Michigan After the surgery the doctors told Harry that he would never have received an organ donation in time Yes Harry Wilson is one very lucky guy Organ failing deaths can decrease if more organ donations are madeModern medicine has altered the definition of death and made the barrier between life and death less clear It used to be that one was pronounced dead when their heart stopped beating and they had stopped breathing Death today is defined not by heart beats and respiration but rather by ones brain waves Doctors measure these brain waves with machines known as EEG machines When an EEG shows a flat line this means that the patients brain is dead Brain death is when the brain has stopped maintaining controls of all
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