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Rock legend Gregg Allman gets new liver...

Rock and roll legend, Gregg Allman, is recovering after successfully undergoing liver transplant surgery this week in Florida. The 62 year-old picker and crooner was said to be "groggy but awake" following the Wednesday morning surgery. Gregg Allman, who was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2007, received his liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. He had been on a waitiing list for several years.

Hundreds of Donor Kidneys Tossed Away Each Year

Every year, hundreds of kidneys are thrown out because they may be infected with hepatitis C, but they could help many hepatitis C-infected patients waiting for a transplant, Johns Hopkins researchers report.

In fact, since 1995, more than 3,500 kidneys infected with hepatitis C were thrown away. Using hepatitis C-infected kidneys has been controversial, in part due to a 1 percent difference in one-year survival and a 2 percent difference in three-year survival among these patients, the researchers noted.

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