Kidney Donation in the African American Community
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Last week the recipient of a donated kidney, Kimberly, told us what a tremendous gift that is. But donation rates are still low in our community.
“There are a lot of African Americans that are not on the donor list. And the reason I say that is I went to a seminar and out of that group they asked how many people in the audience, how many of us was [sic] an actual organ donor, and there might have been three of us, maybe, out of fifty.”
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Kidney transplants tend to be more successful when matched between members of the same ethnic group. Since African Americans suffer kidney failure more than the general population, it’s very important that we consider donation.
To learn more, visit organdonor.gov or MyMajicDC.com . This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more “Healthy Moments.”
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