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Oregon ranks among the states with the best transportation safety laws, according to an annual roadway report. The state has strong laws on seat belt usage, wearing helmets, restricting cell phone use, and more. All of that is of little comfort to Shannon Gilman. Nearly a year go, Gilman, of Richland, Washington, lost her daughter in a fatal head-on crash. Alexxyss Therwhanger, 19, was driving from a friend’s house in Long Creek, Oregon and traveling northbound on Highway 395 when she encountered low cell service. Gilman was told by investigators that her daughter was using Facebook and texting as she approached the top of a hill on the highway until her cell service cut out. “When she got to the bottom the hill, which is where See FATAL, Page 5A

Brothers mark 40 years since transplant FORWARD THIS CAPI LYNN Karl Jensen was stationed in Hawaii and serving in the Marine Corps when he received a letter from his older brother Gary, asking a favor. Gary was suffering end-stage renal disease and needed a kidney transplant. He wondered whether Karl would consider giving him one of his. “I understand if you don’t want to do it,” Gary remembers writing. “I won’t hold it against you. Just think about it.” That was in 1977. The first successful kidney transplant was performed in 1954, and tissue

typing and immunosuppressant drugs were refined in the 1960s, but the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) hadn't yet been established. So much was unknown, not just for the transplant recipient but for the living donor. “I asked about the risks,” Karl says. “Their answer: ‘Honestly, we haven’t been doing this long enough to know.’ ” Karl gambled for the sake of his brother, and this past week they celebrated the 40th anniversary of their successful kidney transplant, which took place at what today is the Connie Frank Transplant Center at the University of California, San Francisco.


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Brothers Karl, left, and Gary Jensen talk about the surgeries they underwent 40 years ago to transplant one of Karl's kidneys to Gary, who was on dialysis at the time. Karl, who lives in Missouri, came to spend the week with Gary in Salem as they celebrate the anniversary. STATESMAN JOURNAL

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