Thousands of people each year hope to have a kidney transplant - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/9/10

Thousands of people each year hope to have a kidney transplant

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, over a span of 15 years and studying over 80 thousand kidney transplants, it has be proven that people who have just one kidney are just as healthy as people with both their kidney.

 "If you match live donors to other healthy people in the population there is no increase risk of dying down the road attributable to having only one kidney instead of two." says transplant surgeon Dorry L. Segev.

So if you worry about if you will die sooner because you only have one kidney, there is nothing to be worried about.

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