The News Dispatch | Lois Tomaszewski
VanEtten is on the National Organ Transplant list, awaiting a kidney. His own kidneys are functioning at only 10 to 15 percent. Even with that, he counts his blessings. He has not started dialysis, he has a job that allows him to monitor his well-being and he has the support of family, friends and coworkers.
He has been on the organ transplant list about a year, waiting for an organ with the right blood type to be removed from a cadaver. The typical waiting time is two to five years, with the patients considered most critical on the top of the list.
This week, 114,578 patients are on the transplant list, with 73,000 considered active candidates. In January and February, 4,403 kidney transplants were completed, and 2,222 organs were donated.
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