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    Tired of seeing patients dying of kidney failure, a California surgeon has made an unprecedented move: He has begun reusing kidneys that have already been in two bodies.

    A second recycling of organs is rare, but the surgeon, Jeffrey Veale of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, estimates that a quarter of people who die after kidney transplants die with perfectly re-usable kidneys. Now, with three such surgeries behind him, he is pushing for other transplant centers to follow his leadaˆ”in the hopes that keeping healthy kidneys in circulation will help pull desperate patients off years-long waitlists.

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