Over 3,000 Alabamians are in need of a life saving organ transplant

WTVY | Lisa Sacaccio
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) April is National Organ Donor Awareness month. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, over 188,000 people are currently in need of a lifesaving organ transplant. 3,059 of them are Alabamians. Alabamians are in need of livers, hearts, lungs, pancreas, and kidneys.

According to the Alabama Organ Center, 80 Alabamians are in need of a liver transplant, 37 are in need of a heart, 21 are in need of a lung, and 6 are in need of a pancreas. As for kidneys, they are the most needed organ in Alabama at 2,930. Kidneys are also the most needed organ nationally. There are 99,598 people in the United States in need of a kidney.

"Once you lost your kidneys you can't fix them,” explained Dr. Olawale Osunsanya, a Kidney Specialist at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, (S.A.M.C). “This is something that happens over 10 to 20 years and the damage is done, cannot be reversed. What we do is get you on dialysis, get you healthy, and we look for a kidney transplant for you.” Continue reading
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