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Thousands need a kidney transplant each year. Living donors could help meet the demand [Video]

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Judith Morrison is keenly aware of the state of her kidneys.

She has polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and needs a kidney transplant. Over the last five years, she’s watched their function drop to five per cent.

“It’s so scary watching it slowly decline,” she told Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC’s White Coat, Black Art.

Judith’s sister Catherine, who also has PKD but doesn’t need a transplant, is leading the search for a living kidney donor, typically a faster process than one from a deceased donor. The two sisters are based in Calgary.

“I know she’s going to get a kidney. I’m just waiting for when, and I can’t wait,” Catherine said.

Some patients in Alberta are reporting hurdles in getting potential donors tested, which includes blood tests and a review of medical history. Nephrologists and national kidney experts say that across Canada, the testing process can be challenging to navigate for both potential …

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