More donors needed to handle kidney transplant demand

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Kidney transplants are one of the most common operations in the U.S. But, doctors say it is becoming harder to find donors, and many people are waiting for the organ.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are 101,260 people currently waiting for a kidney transplant, and that number has nearly doubled in the last 12 years.

James Pittman with St. David’s Hospital and Dr. Koushik Shaw with the Austin Urology Institute joined Erin Cargile on KXAN News Today to explain the importance of finding more donors.

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