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Illinois hospitals commit to increasing organ transplants

Illinois hospitals commit to increasing organ transplants

When Jacob Lenzini's dad died suddenly two years ago, it felt, to the teenager, like the end of hope.

The Park Ridge man, Chris Lenzini, had a stroke, and within a few days was declared brain-dead, the result of a previously undiscovered brain tumor.

Jacob never thought anything positive could come from the tragedy — until he met the man who got his father's heart, a Wisconsin farmer with grandkids. In all, six of Chris Lenzini's organs went to others in need.

"Obviously, nothing can make up for the fact that I lost my dad, but … knowing their lives have been saved made a huge difference," said Jacob, now 16. "It really is one of the greatest things my dad...

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