April 23rd, 2013

Support for organ donation on the rise

By Logan Lafferty

There are over 100,000 people in the U.S waiting for a kidney and nearly 16,000 waiting for a liver. The good news for them is many people would be willing to donate theirs. The Mayo Clinic conducted a survey to see how people’s opinion changed on donating one of their organs. What they found was that compared to a 2001 study, the willingness to donate an organ to a stranger has nearly doubled. “85 percent of people were willing to donate their kidneys or a part of their liver to a loved one but almost half were willing to donate to somebody that they didn’t know which we were really surprised by,” said Dr. Julie Heimbach, Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program.

 

KIMT by Jeron Rennie

Tags: Dr. Julie Heimbach, KIMT, Mayo Clinic Liver Transplant Program, organ donation, Research, survey, Transplant

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