KIDNEY DONATIONS CAMC Officials Fear Longer Donation Waiting List
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Aug. 23, 2012 9:40 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 23, 2012 10:31 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A Charleston Area Medical Center official says changes under consideration by a national organ donation agency could mean longer waits for West Virginians needing kidney transplants.
CAMC General Hospital Associate Administrator Glen Martin said a network that sets federal transplant regulations has recommended stopping residents from getting the first option on kidneys donated within the state.
Martin said if the recommendations are approved, West Virginians would be placed on a longer waiting list with residents of western Pennsylvania and a portion of New York.
Martin said that CAMC currently has 145 people waiting for a new kidney. The policy would as much as quadruple the size of the waiting list.
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network's proposal goes out for public comment this fall.
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