Living organ donors on the increase
÷ Over 170 kidney transplants were carried out in Ireland last year — 50 of which came from living donors. ÷ The generous gift of a living donor organ from a friend was recently highlighted by young Hollywood actress Selena Gomez who had a kidney transplant. ÷ Gomez (25) suffers from lupus — symptoms include joint pain and skin rashes, along with kidney problems for some. ÷ She received her kidney from her best friend, actress Francia Raisa. ÷ Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease — it’s the body attacking itself, usually due to antibodies. ÷ These antibodies can attack every organ. ÷ Most people who require a kidney transplant require it because of diabetes or high blood pressure. ÷ Those are the two leading causes of end stage kidney disease. ÷ Unlike many other types of organ donation, it’s possible to donate a kidney while you’re alive because you only need one.