What Happens When Your Powerful Organs Go Bad?

March 6, 2018, 2:44 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — March is National Kidney Month – a time where we focus on the powerful organs that play a vital role in keeping our body clean.

Kidneys perform myriad tasks each day from regulating blood pressure to filtering 200 liters of blood a day. Unfortunately, they are prone to diseases affecting more than 30
million Americans.

In this edition of FOX 24 News Now, Dr. Ruth Campbell, a nephrologist at MUSC and joins us to talk all things related to kidney health.

Plus, nearly 100-thousand people are waiting for kidney transplants right now in America and a thousand of those cases right here in South Carolina.

We’ll speak with a kidney donor and recipient who now volunteer their time helping others in need. Mindy Runk donated a kidney to a stranger this past January and Frank Antonucci received a kidney more than 16 years ago.

In South Carolina, folks like Frank can wait up to four years or more for kidney transplants. But, by becoming a donor, we can help cut this wait time down.

Sharing Hope South Carolina is the Palmetto State’s organ and tissue recovery service. We’ll tell you how they’re helping hundreds of individuals every day receive the gift of life.