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Explaining organ donations and selection

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Posted at 7:02 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 19:02:10-04

Thomas Manning became the first American to receive a penis transplant last month. He left Massachusetts General Hospital last week after recovering from the 15-hour surgery. 

His doctors are hopeful he'll have full use of the transplant. Johns Hopkins Hospital is preparing to perform a similar transplant on a wounded veteran. 

With all of the recent news surrounding penis and other transplant surgeries, ABC2 wanted to investigate exactly what that little heart on your license means. Are all of your body parts up for donation?

Erin Gillard, manager of family services at the Living Legacy Foundation, joined ABC2's In Focus to shed light on the organ donation and transplant process. 

See video above for full interview.

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