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B. A Breakthrough For Liver Transplants

Narrator: This is Science Today. When it comes to organ transplantation, there's just not enough donors. But Dr. Ronald Busittil (BOOZ-it-til) of the UCLA Medical Center, says their technique of performing split liver transplants, may change that.

Busittil: In that technique, a cadaveric organ is used and then it is split, if you will, and one part of it will usually go into a child, the other part will go into an adult. So, we're transplanting two patients with one organ. The advantages of that I think, are quite apparent.

Narrator: Busittil (BOOZ-it-til) says not only is patient survival over ninety percent, there's also a drop in waiting time.

Busittil: I think the most striking thing that we have observed is that whereas the national waiting list time for a child in a country is about 270 to 290 days. Using this technique at UCLA, the average waiting time for a child is less than one month.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.