Andean culture frustrates organ transplants in Bolivia

In this Dec. 1, 2014 photo, doctors and assistants work on a kidney transplant for Maria Ramos, who received a donated kidney from her mother, at a private clinic in La Paz, Bolivia. Ramos, 27, finally got the kidney she needed thanks to an ambitious new Bolivian government program that makes organ transplants available at no charge to the poor. Yet the program must overcome multiple hurdles, beginning with deep-rooted cultural resistance in this largely indigenous nation. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — For seven years, Maria Ramos battled bouts of depression as she underwent thrice-weekly dialysis treatments to keep her alive, her ambition of becoming a schoolteacher a seemingly unattainable dream.