1. Atlanta family makes anonymous kidney donations
🩺 Within the last year, an Atlanta mother and her two sons have donated their kidneys to strangers, and all agree it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. The donors, Amy Parker Zupancic, and her sons Caleb, 29, and Daniel McCracken, 31, came about their decision to donate altruistically through separate paths that had, in retrospect, a strange symmetry.
The McCracken brothers, independently of one another, had read the same Twitter article about the shortage of anonymous kidney donors, which led them to investigate the steps needed to become donors.
➡ According to a 2020 article in Penn Medicine News, more than 90,000 patients are waiting for kidney transplants, yet only 20,000 are performed each year. More than 5,000 people on the waiting list die yearly without receiving a new kidney, the article said.
The process, known as living non-directed organ donation, is one that rarely happens, despite a significant backlog of people who are in critical need of a new kidney.
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