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African Americans and Organ Donation

5 year old SaMaya Martin received an intestine transplant.

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(AURN) African Americans represent the highest percentage of multicultural patients in need of a transplant, followed by Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islander and people of multiracial descent. 

More than half of the national transplant waiting list is made up of multicultural population because some diseases of kidney, heart, lung, pancreas and liver that are best treated through transplantation are found more frequently in these populations. 

The Center for Organ Recovery and Education also known as CORE is one of 58 federally designated agencies in the United States known as a not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO). An innovative, responsive OPO, CORE plays a pivotal role between potential donors and patients awaiting transplantation. In addition to talking with families about the opportunity to donate, CORE coordinates the surgical recovery of organs, tissue and corneas, as well as the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas.

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education is dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving lives and improving the quality of life through organ, tissue and corneal transplantation.





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