Lawmakers consider plan to keep transplant livers in state

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March 6, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital perform surgery. Some KU doctors are weighing in on new rules for distributing livers for transplant. THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HEALTH SYSTEM

Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital say a change in the distribution of livers across the country could result in Kansans waiting longer for life-saving transplants.

So they’re backing a bill in the Kansas Legislature that would allow residents who donate their organs to specify whether they want them used to benefit Kansas transplant patients.

“The purpose of the Kansas Donor Rights act is to bring the conversation to the forefront,” said Sean Kumer, a liver transplant surgeon at KU.

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