More than 96,000 people need a kidney transplant, but fewer than 17,000 get one each year. This is due to an ongoing shortage of donor organs. At age 11, Dr. Silke Niederhaus’ kidneys failed. She began dialysis and was placed on the transplant wait list. Twenty-five years later she still has the kidney and is a transplant surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Dr. Niederhaus asks listeners to consider being a living kidney donor for a friend or loved one.