Waiting for an organ

Donations for transplants become more common, but those in need still must wait

Donations for transplants become more common, but those in need still must wait

March 28, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE
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As of March 20, Maryland had 1,563 people awaiting a kidney transplant and 2,349 people waiting for an organ transplant, according to The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

People with two healthy kidneys and who are willing to become a kidney donor need to go through an evaluation process, including meeting with a nephrologist and speaking to someone about their motivations for donating to make sure they are appropriate, said Dr. Susan Mendley, director of pediatric nephrology at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children in Baltimore.

Anyone who wants to become a donor should call the University of Maryland Transplant Program at 1-410-328-5408, Mendley said.

To learn more

For more information about organ donation, visit the following Web sites:

· Transplant Resource Center of Maryland at

· Center for Organ Recovery & Education at

· United Network for Organ Sharing at

· The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network at

If you go ...

What: Bonner Scholars Program's Social Visionary Speaker Series. Lecture by Harold Mintz, the first person to donate a kidney through a community-based living donor registry, will talk about his experience.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14

Where: Marx Center, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, Md.

Cost: Free

Directions: Take Interstate 70 east to the first Frederick exit, onto U.S. 40. Take U.S. 40 east to U.S. 15 north. Turn left onto Rosemont Avenue. Go about one-half mile and turn left at the entrance to Hood. Bear to the right and park in the chapel parking lot. The Marx Center is behind the chapel.

For more information, call 1-301-696-3751.

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