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The Importance of Organ Donation in the African American Community

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Apr 9, 2012 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers stresses the importance of kidney donation to the African American community and invites Pastor David Cobb to share his thoughts.


Last week I told you about Pastor David Cobb and how a donated kidney changed his life. But there's something more I want to share.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Did you know that kidney transplants tend to be more successful when matched between members of the same ethnic group? Since African Americans suffer kidney failure more than other ethnic groups, it's important to consider donation.

I asked Reverend Cobb for his thoughts.

"Sometimes people have the view, this is the body I came with and this is the body that I'm leaving with, but once you leave there is nothing else you can do with your body. So if someone else can use those parts, it's just an overall blessing and you could be allowing another person to experience a more abundant life."

For more information, visit our website at NIDDK​. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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