Past due notice Requiring proofof payment for organ transplants and post-operative care is common,transplant experts say, but such costs can run from tens ofthousands to hundreds of thousands. (Photo: Shutterstock)

When Patrick Mannion heard about the Michigan woman denied aheart transplant because she couldn't affordthe anti-rejection drugs, he knew what she was up against.

On social media posts of a letter that wentviral last month, Hedda Martin, 60, of Grand Rapids, wasinformed that she was not a candidate for a heart transplantbecause of her finances. It recommended “a fundraising effort of $10,000.”

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