Donated Kidney

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A Rockford girl is scheduled to get a new kidney Friday from a donor who answered her mother's newspaper ad.

Angela Rushford will have transplant surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

The donor is David Harper of Mount Morris. He responded to the ad placed in the Rock River Times by Angela's mother.

Harper says he answered the ad because his faith called him to donate an organ. He was deemed a match for Angela, who suffers from polycystic renal failure.

Harper says he had never read that particular newspaper before seeing the ad.

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Kidney Transplant Statistics

  • More than 79,000 U.S. patients are currently waiting for an organ transplant; nearly 3,000 new patients are added to the waiting list each month.

  • Every day, 16 to 17 people die while waiting for a transplant of a vital organ, such as a heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, lung or bone marrow.

  • Because of the lack of available donors in this country, 2,025 kidney patients, 1,347 liver patients, 458 heart patients and 361 lung patients died in 2001 while waiting for life-saving organ transplants.

  • Nearly 10 percent of the patients currently waiting for liver transplants are young people under 18 years of age.

  • Acceptable organ donors can range in age from newborn to 65 years or more. People who are 65 years of age or older may be acceptable donors, particularly of corneas, skin, bone and for total body donation.

  • Vital organs may be recovered and transported thousands of miles to a transplant center for transplantation. This is due, in part, to advances in preservation techniques. The approximate preservation time for a kidney is up to 72 hours.

  • Donor organs are matched to waiting recipients by a national computer registry, called the National Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). This computer registry is operated by an organization known as the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which is located in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Currently there are 59 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) across the country, which provide organ procurement services to some 261 transplant centers.

Source: (National Kidney Foundation Web site) contributed to this report.