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In 2008, Charles Bearden, sitting at his home work station, became one of the first virtual organ transplant coordinators in the country. Today, he does his job via the internet in rural Tennessee, about 80 miles as the crow flies from Nashville and about 55 miles from Chattanooga.

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Organ transplant coordinator Charles Bearden stands in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Vitruvian Man” (circa 1492) that hangs on a wall in his upstairs man cave.

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A young adult female gets a kidney transplant at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga in 1989, as Dr. Daniel Fisher, right, assists physician associate Charles Bearden by holding an artery in his forceps while Bearden cannulates and perfuses the kidney with a preservation solution. “Dr. Daniel Fisher, Dr. Jackson Yium and I started the kidney transplant program in Chattanooga. We basically started from scratch,” recalled Bearden.

Veteran transplant coordinator Charles Bearden has placed nearly 3,000 organs to those in need

Second of a three-part series