AC Medical Issues Organ Donation for Most Body Parts

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MCT/TORONTO STAR GRAPHIC Organs and tissues that can be transplanted from one person to another. From face to hands to feet, much of us transplantable April 23, 2009 Joseph Hall Health Reporter In the field of medical transplantation today, it is far easier to list the organs that aren't being harvested than to tally the ones that are. They are not transplanting brains. Beyond that, just about every bit of us – from the face to the feet – has become fair and valuable game for transplant specialists. Indeed, the main limitation on transplantation is a chronic shortage of donor organs and tissues, says Dr. Gary Levy, head of the University of Toronto's Multiorgan Transplant Program. When they do become available, however, there is a virtual Grey's Anatomy of body parts that can be transplanted. Cells, tissues and organs can all be harvested from the living or the dead, says Levy, whose program is also affiliated with the University Health Network.
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"There are different definitions of dead," he explains. "There's what is called 'deceased donation,'
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