World Kidney Day

Thousands of people suffer from kidney diseases.
   As part of World Kidney Day, a special program in Amarillo informed patients, care givers, and family members about kidney diseases and the need for donors.
   A special guest, a Chief Doctor of Transplantation from Dallas, made the trip to speak with the group. By donating a kidney, you could save a life and right now, there is a shortage of donors across the United States.
   One local woman spoke with NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente about the difference a donor made to her life. 
 Sue Wood is a vibrant, healthy woman.
   You wouldn't know by looking at her that she has had a kidney transplant.
   But ten years ago, she had both her kidneys removed.
  "It's a wonderful family in Minnesota, it was a man that had instant death who feel off a tree, his other kidney and liver stayed in Minnesota but because i was a perfect match it was sent from Minnesota by plane to Lubbock," says Sue Wood.
   That transplant changed her whole life.
   "I don't think you can ever take things for granted after you've had a second chance at life."
   Now Sue shares her story with others.
   She hopes people will look closely into the dangers and risks of kidney diseases in order to stay healthy.
   She also hopes everyone will consider becoming an organ donor.

"I think that you have to realize in life we all need help, lots of different kind of help, but this type of help education doesn't matter, money in the bank, anything you've ever achieved, you're one of many people hoping and praying that something, not only works for you but for everyone else. It makes a difference in everyone's life. I think when you lose a loved one if you can realize by giving these gifts, you're going to save other lives and many times you get to meet the families and what a wonderful thing to do."

Sue Wood waited about a year for her kidney, many others wait much longer. 
   Currently in the United States, there are 70,000 people who need a kidney transplant.
   Five-thousand of those are waiting in Texas.
   While waiting, 350,000 patients are on dialysis.
   But that number is expected to double by 2010.