One of the main jobs of the kidneys is to filter the waste out of the blood. The average person has 1 to 1½ gallons of blood circulating through their body. The kidneys filter that blood as many as 400 times a day! More than 1 million tiny filters inside the kidneys remove the waste.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Advantages to being a living kidney donor:
No medals. No ticker tape parades. Just the everlasting thanks of another human being.
Living donors make miracles happen!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
A quote from the 1965 NBC documentary entitled "Who Shall Live?" narrated by Edwin Newman. In those early days of dialysis technology, only a few patients could be treated, and even then at great cost. The demand greatly exceeded the capacity to treat patients, and some means of selection was needed. The highly controversial decision-making process had anonymous committee members deliberating over the merits of each case. The documentary examined the troubling questions underlying decisions by the committee. Should patients with children get priority? Those who went to church? Those who had the most productive jobs?