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Grand Island Woman Waits For a Second Chance At Life

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Over 100,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list to receive a new organ, and nearly 500 of them are living in Nebraska.

Every 10 minutes, someone new is added to the list, and an average of 18 people will die each day waiting for organ transplants.

45-year-old Tam Lyions suffers from a genetic disorder called Alpha 1-antitrypsin, and lives her days at an 11% lung capacity.

While she waits for new lungs, Tam rarely leaves the house because her condition doesn't allow her to be around many people.

"I feel like I'm living in a bubble," Tam said.

She waits and waits for that call and that perfect match.

"Getting my call is the most important thing at this point. If I don't get my call, I will probably pass on."

However, Tam remains positive throughout it all, already planning activities after she receives her new lungs.

The first thing she will do is play basketball with her sons then go running with her husband.

Organ donation begins with one person who recognizes the opportunity to help others, and you have the power to donate life.

Log onto to register to become a donor, save a life and make a difference. 


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