Essay on Organ Transplant For A Kidney Transplant

1117 Words Dec 17th, 2015 null Page
Time and time again it seems as though you hear someone or another is sick with a chronic illness and becoming closer to needing an organ transplant, and this has become all too familiar with my family and me. It seems like everyone we know either know someone or themselves are on a crazy rollercoaster of a life playing the ultimate waiting game. In the United States, there is over 122,000 people awaiting the lifesaving miracle of an organ transplant, half of which are in need of a kidney. (organ) According to the national kidney foundation: “In 2014, 17,105 kidney transplants took place in the US. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,535 came from living donors. Over 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month. 12 people die each day while waiting for a life­saving kidney transplant. Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list. In 2014, 4,270 patients died while waiting for a kidney transplant. Another, 3,617 people became too sick to receive a kidney transplant”. (Organ) Previous to the year 1943, people who were giving the diagnosis of kidney disease were also giving the death sentence. When a person 's kidneys were not functioning properly there was no way to rid the body of lethal toxins. In 1943, a Dutch physician by the name of Dr. Willem Koliff, also known as “the father of dialysis”, was on the way of giving kidney patients a new hope. (History) Dr. Koliff was troubled at the number of patients who were given…

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