African Americans are the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant.
African Americans have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure than Caucasians, increasing the risk of organ failure. African Americans comprise 13% of the population, 32% of those waiting for a kidney, and 20% of those waiting for a heart.
of those currently waiting for an organ donation are African American.
Bill Falafasa Ala'ilima
Rhonda Kay Flores
Debbie Mann Gibbs
Bobby Height, Sr.
Reverend Charles Jenkins
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Organ and Tissue Donor
Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan
Organ and Cornea Donor
Ruben Lopez, MD
Tissue Recipient and Living Donor
Daw Khin Myint, MD
Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH
Cornea Transplant Recipient
Kidney and Pancreas Recipient
Donor Mom and Advocate
Bone Marrow Recipient
Life Stories: A Chance to Be Just Like Other Children
Liver Recipient: Emeryville, CA
As an infant, Khalieghya Dandie-Evans was diagnosed with biliary atresia, meaning she had a blockage in the tubes that carried bile from her liver to her gallbladder. Doctors performed the Kasai Procedure to connect the bile ducts together; however, the surgery was unsuccessful. It soon became clear that baby Khalieghya needed a liver transplant to survive.
Khalieghya was put on the national transplant waiting list for a liver, but her mother worried that she might get bumped by a case considered more severe. Khalieghya was five months old when her family received word that they had found a liver match. Khalieghya's mother was amazed that another family was able to see through their own grief and make a decision to donate their child's organs.
“What an amazing gift that mother would give to me and my family. I will be forever grateful.”
— Khalieghya Dandie-Evans's mother
Khalieghya is just like other kids. She plays, runs, sings, dances, spins, jumps, hugs, kisses, loves people, goes outdoors, and takes only one small dose of anti-rejection medication twice a day.