Kidney Transplants in the News…

Lots of articles and interviews lately on kidney transplants. (Yay!)

PS Yes, I know I haven’t posted in awhile. I got busy :-)

Anyway…on Sunday, Dec 25, Parade Magazine poasted an article called The Miracle of Life: How One Woman Turned Tragedy into the Ultimate Gift. Kidney chains are created when someone who needs a kidney has a donor who isn’t compatible. Some chains take place very quickly…for example, in March 2009, six donors and six recipients underwent operations within a span of 36 hours. In “The Miracle of Life”, the chain has been going on for several years.

On Sept 29, The Today Show interviewed a brother with kidney disease and his sister, who donated her kidney to save him. But she faced a problem of her own…before she could even get tested to see if she was a match, she had to lose 135 pounds.

And today, Jan 1, MSNBC had an article about an Indiana woman who donated a kidney to her former boss.

As of today, more than 112,000 people are on a waiting list for a transplant, and more than 90,000 are waiting for a kidney. Kidneys are the only paired organ humans have when only one is needed. (The current number of active waiting list candidates is more than 72,000. For example, I’m now listed on UNOS for a kidney, but I’m inactive because my GFR jumped above 20 again last month.)

Are you thinking of donating a kidney to save someone’s life? Get more information at the National Kidney FoundationTransplant Living, and Living Donors Online. Not only could you save someone’s life, but you will also know if you have any medical issues that haven’t shown up yet. (Donors go through testing that is just as rigorous as the recipient.)

By the way, kidneys are not the only organ that can be donated by a living person. Liver lobes, lung lobes, a portion of an intestine, and a portion of a pancreas can also be donated.

And if the thought of living donation scares you, please consider registering to be an organ donor when you die. (And make sure your family knows your wishes!) One organ donor can save as many as eight people, which is a lot given that an average of 20 people die each day waiting for an organ.

I hope you have a happy and healthy 2012 :-)

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