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Drive for organ donations prompts criticism

As criminal proceedings move forward against a Bay Area transplant surgeon charged with trying to hasten a potential organ donor's death at a San Luis Obispo hospital, no one thinks the case is typical.

But it comes as transplant advocates are becoming increasingly aggressive in their efforts to procure hearts, livers, kidneys and other organs in the hope of saving more of the thousands of desperate Americans who die, having languished on waiting lists.

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