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April 29, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Wait list for kidney transplant in CNY climbs to 261

Upstate Medical University transplant officials announced this week that that 261 Central New Yorkers are on the wait list for a new kidney, and some maybe on that list for more than four years.

Upstate held a gathering of organ donors and transplant recipients to call attention to the need for more individuals to sign up on the state’s donor registry. The event highlighted April as National Organ Tissue Donor Awareness Month.

Among those speaking at the event was a husband and wife who each donated a kidney to their son, and a Mattydale women who received a kidney last month after enduring more than eight hours of dialysis each night for the last three years, while on the kidney transplant list.

The active wait list for a kidney transplant is at the highest level since at least 2007. In March 2009, 201 individuals were on the wait list. In just two years that number has jumped nearly 30 percent to 261.

In 2010, Upstate had 17 organ donors leading to 46 transplanted organs from these donors.

For more information on becoming an organ donor, go to http://www.donatelifeny.org

University Hospital is the only hospital in Central New York that offers kidney transplants.

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