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A colloquial term referring to the unlawful acquisition of public money through questionable and improper transactions with public officials.

Graft is the personal gain or advantage earned by an individual at the expense of others as a result of the exploitation of the singular status of, or an influential relationship with, another who has a position of public trust or confidence. The advantage or gain is accrued without any exchange of legitimate compensatory services.

Behavior that leads to graft includes Bribery and dishonest dealings in the performance of public or official acts. Graft usually implies the existence of theft, corruption, Fraud, and the lack of integrity that is expected in any transaction involving a public official.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

GRAFT. A figurative term in chancery practice, to designate the right of a mortgagee in premises, to which the mortgagor at the time of making the mortgage had an imperfect title, but who afterwards obtained a good title. In this case the new mortgage is considered a graft into the old stock, and, as arising in consideration of the former title. 1 Ball & Beat. 46; Id. 40; Id. 57; 1 Pow. on Mortg. 190. See 9 Mass. 34. The same principle has obtained by legislative enactment in Louisiana. If a person contracting an obligation towards another, says the Civil Code, art. 2371, grants a mortgage on property of which he is not then the owner, this mortgage shall be valid, if the debtor should ever acquire the ownership of, the property, by whatever right.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Additionally, about 25 per cent of people on the waiting list die each year waiting for a transplant, and those who eventually receive a transplant often have a lengthy period on the waiting list, resulting in poorer health at the time of transplant.
There is a simple fix to these unnecessarily transplanted kidneys: end the preference given to liver transplant patients for a new kidney.
"The UAE needs more donors, and this can only happen if transplant centres receive more referrals for brain-dead donors from health care facilities across the country," Dr Mohammad Al Seiari, consultant transplant nephrologist at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, told Gulf News .
The Pims management is hoping to conduct the first liver transplant surgery by the end of the current year.
'These hospitals and institutions are the first institutions across K-P who have been approved for registration by the MTRA for corneal transplant after the passage of the MTRA Act,' the official said, adding that the hospitals were directed to immediately establish their own eye banks in line with the rules of the MTRA.
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The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has developed a comprehensive multi-organ transplant programme, and successfully completed UAE's first full liver transplant and first lung transplant, both from deceased donors.
The Milliman transplant cost totals include the estimated cost of pre-transplant care, tissue or organ procurement, hospital transplant services, physician transplant services, 180 days of post-transplant care, and the related prescription drugs.
The global bone marrow transplant market has been classified on the basis of transplant type, disease indication, end user and geography.
NEARLY 2,000 TRANSPLANTS. The National Transplant Coordination Institute (Incort) says 1,928 organ and tissue transplants have been performed in the country between 2000 and 2012, including 664 kidney transplants, 22 liver transplants, 1,232 cornea transplants, two heart transplants and eight bone marrow transplants, reports Listin Diario (Nov.19, 2013).