Scores of organs — mostly kidneys — are trashed each year and many more become critically delayed after being shipped on commercial airliners, a new investigation finds.(Matt Chinworth for Kaiser Health News)

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When a human heart was left behind by mistake on a Southwest Airlines plane in 2018, transplant officials downplayed the incident. They emphasized that the organ was used for valves and tissues, not to save the life of a waiting patient, so the delay was inconsequential.

“It got to us on time, so that was the most important thing,” said Doug Wilson, an executive vice president for LifeNet

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