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African-Americans the largest group of minorities in need of organ transplants

from The Birmingham Times

Angela Johnson of Pell City, Alabama is among the fortunate ones. The mother of two started receiving dialysis treatments in 2009, as her kidneys deteriorated. The blood-cleansing sessions were done three days a week, and each lasted several hours. But she was able to resume a normal life in 2013, after receiving a donor kidney that freed her from dialysis. “[The transplant] gave me a second chance at life,” said Johnson, 46, who works as a sales associate at the Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds. Many African-Americans are on waiting lists for kidneys, hearts, and other organs — and often not as fortunate as Johnson. more

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