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What it's like to give a kidney to a stranger

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100,000 people in the US need a kidney. So he gave away one of his.

Read more at Vox.com: http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/11/12716978/kidney-donation-dylan-matthews

The kidney transplant wait list has been increasing sharply in the US over the past two decades. Most transplants come from deceased donors — people who elect to donate their organs when they die. But there’s another large source of potential kidneys: living donors. Since we have two kidneys, most people can share a kidney with other people. Most living donors give a kidney to someone they know, like a relative or a friend. But there are also non-directed living kidney donors, other wise known as altruistic donors or good samaritans. Watch this video to see the story of one such donor, Dylan Matthews.

For more information about becoming a kidney donor, visit these sites:
http://waitlistzero.org/
http://www.kidneyregistry.org/
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/living_donors/

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