All over the US, there are husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, sons and daughters who are in need of a kidney transplant. People, like Geter, who were working to support their family, now have the full- time job of trying to stay alive. Geter’s time is now spent going to doctor appointments, having medical procedures done and having to do dialysis every day. Geter’s only hope to return to a normal life is to have a kidney transplant.
Geter has been on the transplant waiting list for 2 years and the average wait time for a deceased donor kidney is 5-7 years. His wife, was tested to see if she could be a living donor and give one of her kidneys to him. She was a match, but kidney stones kept her from being a successful donor. As people wait, they develop other complications which could eventually prevent them from being a good candidate for a transplant.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the major cause of kidney failure. Hispanics and Native Americans have a high incidence of both Diabetes and High Blood Pressure, so a high percentage of those needing a kidney transplant are Hispanic and Native American. Geter’s kidney failure was caused by IgA Nephropathy or Berger’s Disease.
As a deceased organ and tissue donor, you have the potential to save 8 lives, restore sight to 2 people and improve the quality of life to as many as 75 others. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, in 2017, over 10,000 deceased donors made 28,588 transplants possible and living donors made 6,182 transplants possible. Even so, there are over 115, 000 waiting for a live saving organ transplant and an average of 22 people die each day while waiting. Help stop the wait!
Turn a time of loss into a time of hope, register to be an organ donor!
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