Turlock woman to receive lifesaving transplant from unexpected friend

KXTV | Anne Di Grazi
Lupus is a cruel autoimmune disease that can attack skin, joints and sometimes organs. The disease affects nearly five million people worldwide. It often leads to kidney failure and is a long process for those waiting for a donor.
Lupus is a cruel autoimmune disease that can attack skin, joints and sometimes organs. The disease affects nearly five million people worldwide. It often leads to kidney failure and is a long process for those waiting for a donor.

According to Sierra Donor Services, there are 117, 951 people in the U.S. waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and the majority are in need of a kidney donation.

22 people die each day on the waiting list and 91-percent of the people are from minority or multiracial backgrounds. Sharon Stencel is a living donor nurse at the UC Davis Transplant Center. She said at her center alone there are over 1,200 people on the waiting list.

"A lot of people have the misunderstanding that you have to be a direct relative to be a good match,” Stencel said.

She went into detail that relation is not of importance. Dr. Huang, a specialist at the center, said they are urging people from minority or mixed racial backgrounds to test to see if they qualify as a donor. Dr. Huang also added that minority women are disproportionately affected by Lupus and have the greatest need, like Isela Scroggins, a hairstylist in Turlock, California. Continue reading

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