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COVID-19 Pandemic Increases Need for Kidney Donations, IU Health Says

Indiana University Health says that living kidney donors not only save lives, but help improve someone's quality of live for many years to come.

Posted: Nov 1, 2021 3:45 PM

Indiana University Health (IU Health) says that living kidney donors save lives, and it's always looking to educate anyone who's interested in learning more.

According to IU Health, individuals waiting for a kidney transplant can sometimes remain on a waiting list for several years, depending on their blood type.

With the risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, officials with IU Health say that the potentially life-saving organ donations have become even more scarce.

"Recipients, when they get the transplant and they undergo immunosuppression, they are highly susceptible and very vulnerable to catching infection and having very bad outcome to the virus causing severe lung disease and morbidity and mortality," said Dr. Asif A. Sharfuddin, who specializes in Nephrology & Kidney Diseases for IU Health.

IU Health says that for a patient in need, a kidney transplant is the only way to avoid dialysis, which is a treatment that requires frequent, scheduled care.

If you're interested in becoming a kidney donor, you can learn more on iuhealth.org.

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