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Kidney Transplants

108,324 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for kidney transplants. In the Gift of Life service region, 4,912 people are waiting on a life-saving kidney transplant.

About the Kidney

The kidneys function as our body’s filters, cleaning the blood of waste and impurities. They also release hormones that regulate blood pressure, control production of red blood cells, and promote growth of healthy bones.

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Those people who need kidney transplants have suffered from some form of kidney failure, which can be a result of diabetes, high blood pressure or a number of diseases that can be inherited. If left untreated, kidney failure can be fatal.

Transplants

While most people are born with two kidneys, all humans can survive with one. This is how individuals are able to be living kidney donors and help save the lives of a loved one or even a complete stranger, as in the case of altruistic donation.

  • The average amount of time that someone waits for a kidney transplant is five years.
  • In 2015, there were 16,291 kidney transplants performed nationally.

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Kidney Transplant, Dialysis, Living Donor

The Interactive Body

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Explore the Interactive Body to learn about organs and tissues needed for others awaiting transplants.

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It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!

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What Is Living Donation

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Living donation offers an alternative for individuals awaiting transplantation from a deceased donor and increases the existing organ supply. Learn more about about the living donation process.

 

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Gift of Life works tirelessly to rewrite the stories for the more than 5,600 people in our region waiting for their second chance at life. The gift of organ and tissue donation truly can change someone's life and rewrite their story. How has the Gift of Life rewritten your story? Share with us.

 
 
 
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