Feeling Weighed Down By That Extra Kidney? Donate It!

Apr 23, 2013

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.