Apr 1, 2013 |
Dr. Rodgers discusses the importance of organ donation with Pastor David Cobb, and Pastor Cobb describes how a kidney donation changed his life.
DR. RODGERS: Why should you consider being an organ donor? Just ask Pastor David Cobb. Here's what he had to say after his kidney transplant.
PASTOR COBB: You never know who you could be giving life to. You just never know, and it is imperative that we do this, because it helps so many people.
DR. RODGERS: Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, at NIH.
Pastor Cobb suffered from kidney failure and was on dialysis for 3 years before receiving a donated kidney. He was lucky. Thousands die every year waiting for a donated organ.
PASTOR COBB: Today I am able to pastor like I want to pastor. I am able to be there for my members, I am able to do the things that I really want to do because someone thought enough to sign up, to be an organ donor.
DR. RODGERS: For more information about becoming an organ donor, follow us onTwitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.