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April is Donate Life month. It is a time to reflect on the gift so many people have given by donating their organs to a person in need. At Hennepin Healthcare, we have a tremendous kidney donation program so I asked two key people from the transplant program to join me in the WCCO studio to talk about kidney disease and kidney transplant. I found much to learn! I hope to share some of what we learned here.
At the very end of this post I have a link to a story that should inspire you – the story of a brother and sister whose lives changed forever in 1975 through transplant. And who are still going strong today. Click on the link to read that story when you get to it.
To listen to the audio podcast of any Healthy Matters broadcast (free of commercials!) click on the banner here. The kidney show is Healthy Matters show #484, April 22,2018.
A few facts of kidney transplant in the United States (from Donate Life America):
- There are 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant
- The average wait time for a deceased donor kidney is 3-5 years
- People want to help: 95% of people are in favor of being a donor but only 56% are registered to be a donor Continue reading “Kidney disease and transplant”