Have You Considered Donating an Organ?

Dr. Rodgers and retired NBA champion Sean Elliott talk about Sean’s kidney transplant, and why organ donation is so critical for the African American community.

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DR. RODGERS: Have you considered donating an organ? For retired NBA champion Sean Elliott, a donated kidney changed his life.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Sean was diagnosed with kidney disease, and was eligible for a transplant. He was lucky – his brother gave him a kidney. And ten years later, Sean and his brother are in great health.

But Sean is concerned about others, and told us:

SEAN ELLIOTT: Well, organ donation is so important in the African American community because quite simply there aren’t enough donors, and we have a ton of people that are on the waiting list for organs. We have people that are dying every single day in this country, because we have a shortage of organs.

You can have somebody who donates an organ and saves a life, and I don’t know if there’s anything better that you could do for somebody.

DR. RODGERS: For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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