The 21st Show

How Organs For Transplants Sometimes Get Lost On Commercial Flights


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Many of us have probably experienced the hassle of a delayed flight or lost bag when flying commercially. But what if the luggage has a life-saving organ? Thousands of organs are transported by airlines every year. A recent investigation by Kaiser Health News and the investigative news podcast Reveal explores what happens when those organs get lost in transit.


Rachel Bounds, Certified transplant coordinator with the Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois

Kevin Cmunt, President and CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network in Illinois 

JoNel Aleccia, Senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News 

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