Transplant coordinators at the Medical University of South Carolina say a new person is placed on the national kidney transplant list every 11 minutes.
Most transplanted kidneys are harvested from deceased donors, said Lucia Miles, living-donor transplant coordinator at the Charleston hospital. Living donors usually give because they are related to or friends with the recipient. Very few give without connections to a patient, Miles said. Those people are called "Good Samaritan" donors.
If you are interested in becoming a Good Samaritan donor, call Miles at (843) 792-8939 or (800) 277-8687 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You also can research kidney donations at these Web sites: transplantliving.org, donatelifesc.org, unos.org or muschealth.com/transplant.