Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation | Brandi Ahonsi
|(Shown above, right side: Debra Cason is one of the more than 120,000 patients currently on the national organ transplant waiting list. Debra has been waiting nearly eight years now for a new kidney.)|
There are many myths pertaining to the subject of organ and tissue donation. Some are so deeply ingrained in a person’s psyche, he or she dismisses fact and logic and holds fast to unsupported claims; however, there is one fact that cannot be dismissed: if organ donation did not exist, thousands of people would die.
As it stands, 22 Americans die daily because of the lack of available organs for transplant. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 25% of those who died awaiting a transplant in 2015 were African American. Currently, 30% of patients waiting for a lifesaving transplant are African American, and unfortunately, the wait time for many of these individuals is greater than their white counterparts. Continue reading