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Why This LA Mom And Her Two Teens Volunteered For COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

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In 2013, Mark Deetjen had a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant.

The organs worked until 2020 when his body began to reject the new liver, which caused a heart attack.

Deetjen’s recovering, but the medications he takes suppress his immune system, leaving him very vulnerable to infection. As coronavirus cases surged, his wife and two teenagers came up with a way to try to protect him -- volunteer for experimental COVID-19 vaccine trials.

“It just feels like you're being part of the solution, not part of the problem,” said his 15-year-old daughter Aubry Deetjen.

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