The Mayo Clinic reports that around 45 percent of Americans say they are either very or somewhat likely to donate a kidney to someone they’ve never met. In 2001, that number was only 24 percent.
There are about 90,000 people in the US currently waiting for a kidney, and many others waiting for a different organ. Living donors are limited by what they can donate, either a kidney or small portion of a liver. Would you donate an organ?
Ross Reynolds talks with Mariza Turner, the transplant coordinator for Virginia Mason Transplant Program, and Dr. Marquis Hart, a transplant surgeon and medical director of the Transplant Program at Swedish Medical Center, to find out how these donations work.