African Americans Wait Longer for Kidney Transplants

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- African Americans are more prone to kidney disease because of high rates of high blood pressure and diabetes. And sadly, there are gaps between blacks and whites when it comes to getting a kidney transplant.

One recent study in the Journal of the National Kidney Foundation found African Americans are at least a third less likely than whites to receive a transplant from a living donor. And when African Americans go on the waiting list for a deceased donor transplant, their waits on average in our region are four months longer than for whites.

FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean talked with two women who are waiting and waiting for that gift.

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