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Saving a Life Before it is Lost

By Karleen Leveille

(WBNG) -- This special report highlights the orchestration that goes into finding a donor and transporting organs. 

12 News first meet Hazel Callear who was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia five days after birth. Biliary Atresia is a rare pediatric liver disease where bile gets trapped in the liver.

It affects one out of every 12,000 infants in the United States. The only cure is a liver transplant.

Hazel’s mother, Jessica Callear, who has been an organ donor since she was 16-years-old, shares the months leading up to Hazel’s transplant.

Dr. Hassan Tetteh, a Thoracic Surgeon, is also profiled sharing how transplants led him to build a company to fill the void left between recovering and transporting organs.

His firm, Star Teams leverages partnerships in aviation, machine-perfusion technology, and human capital to increase the number of transplants in the nation and decrease the number of wasted organs.

To learn more about organ donation, visit organdonor.com.

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