the following sentneces is about organs. and i am not sure what the underlined part means exactly. please help me to get it!
Transplants become a mater of 1)high-stakes risk calculation for the doner as well as the recipient and the 2)intense emotions involved someitmes have people playing long shots.
1) what does it mean by high-stakes risk calculation?
2) what does it mean by intesne emotions?
Obviously, because these are matters of life and death, the people involved will experience strong or intense emotions of fear and hope. The writer is saying that these emotions are so strong that they are tempted to take great risks ('play a long shot').