The following story will move as this week's Monday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
AP IMPACT: IN SEARCH OF LUNGS
WASHINGTON — The pair of lungs sits inside a clear dome, gently inflating as doctors measure how well they'll breathe if implanted into a patient who desperately needs a new set. It's a little-known twist of nature: Your lungs can live on for a while after you die. The air left inside keeps them from deteriorating right away like other organs. Now an innovative experiment aims to use that hour or more window of time to boost lung transplants — by allowing donations from people who suddenly collapse and die at home instead of in a hospital. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. UPCOMING by 11:30 a.m.: 1,300 words, photos, video, graphic.