MASON CITY, Iowa- Organ transplants are some of the most emotional procedures in medicine. There are around 121,000 people in the nation waiting for transplants, 600 in Iowa.
Many people believe that race, age, gender, or social status play a role in who gets a transplant first, but at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, they tell us there are three considerations of who gets the organs first: who is the most sick, where are they located, and what type of organ is needed.
“We do have a lot of need for kidneys,” Sheyanne Schultz says. “There are a lot of people on dialysis and the next step is transplant.”
She also says that Iowa is ranked number four when it comes to the number of people donating, and she encourages everyone to donate.