CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 28, 1978
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(Studio) Subject of upcoming report is how tragic, sudden deaths on nation's hwys. can bring life to others.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(NYC) Report is on organ storage and transplants. [Tissue bank technician Peter PEDROTTI - talks of using section of stored bone to replace bone in woman's upper arm.] North California Transplant Bank, in San Jose, given as example of storage facility. Orgs. dealing in organ donorship include Living Bank and Lifeline; efforts in Houston to gain donors noted. Film shown. System of donor cards detailed, include provision of some states like California, Texas and Missouri for such designation on driver's licenses. [Lifeline executive director George FRIESEN - states reasons that donor card system often doesn't work.] Lifeline's experimentation with computer system for donors described; clearinghouse for Lifeline is located in Saint Louis University Med. Center. Problems in delivery of donated organ to recipient examined. [Transplant surgeon Dr. Mansfield SMITH - discusses delivery problems.] Incrd. frequency of matching donor and recipient reported; case cited. [MAN - speaks to person with regard to consent for transaction.] Pacific Med. Center in San Francisco mentioned. [Houston eye recipient Janice McADAMS - describes her reaction to being able to see again.] Problems for physicians in removing donor organs, especially in states with no laws on brain death, outlined. [Washington University School of Med. spokesperson Dr. Charles ANDERSON - thinks doctors are afraid of malpractice suits.] Upcoming consideration of standard brain death law for submission to all 50 states by Commission on Uniform State Laws noted. [Pat MILES - says it seems natural to recycle one's body when one is finished with it.]
REPORTER: Gary Shepard
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