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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Signing up to be a donor can save 8 lives, help another 100 people

Amaynari Gómez, 22, next to her mom Patricia Gómez, is waiting for a kidney. She hopes to continue going to school and pursuing a career in healthcare. CONTRIBUTED
MY STATESMAN | Anjanette Gautier

While working as a medical assistant, Amayrani Gómez, 22, started to feel weak and exhausted. Doctors told her she was suffering renal failure, and she has had to go for dialysis every day since then while waiting for a suitable kidney donor.

She’s not alone. Thousands of people are on waiting lists for transplants.

While 44 percent of those in need are Hispanic, cultural beliefs and misinformation keep many Hispanics from registering to be organ donors. Organs are not matched according to race or ethnicity, but those waiting for an organ transplant will have a better chance at a match if the donation pool is diverse, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That’s because compatible blood types and tissue markers are most likely among members of the same ethnicity. Continue reading

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