Asian-American Community

Donation and transplantation among Asian-Americans

Across the country, Asian-Americans make up 6.8 percent of those waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

In Texas, Asian Americans make up 3 percent of those waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant – but only make up 1.5 percent of organ donors.*

* 2013 numbers; not including those waiting for tissue transplants.

MYTH:
I don’t need to tell my family that I want to be an organ and tissue donor because I have it written in my will.
TRUTH:
By the time your will is read, it will be too late to recover your organs and tissues. Register to become and organ and tissue donor today at www.donatelifetexas.org and share your decision with your family.

For information about targeted programs to Asian-American audiences, please contact Claudia Sanchez at 713-349-2572 or csanchez@lifegift.org.

Side Body: 

Twenty-five-year-old medical students aren’t supposed to get sick. Sure, sleep deprivation and stressful situations take their toll, but failing kidneys seem too far from reality for most of us to comprehend. So when Yijia Chen was told she needed a kidney transplant, disbelief, shock and denial consumed her.

Just five months from becoming a doctor, Yijia was diagnosed with P-ANCA glomerulonephritis. The next 10 months were filled with hospital stays, seizures, minor surgeries, chemotherapy, hemodialysis and seemingly endless physician visits. Finally, Yijia’s wait was over. She received her transplant in October 2006.

When asked what transplantation means to her, she says, “A transplant is live, and organ donation is love. A transplant is a prayer answers, a renewed lease on life and a chance to dream even bigger.”

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