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The need for organ, eye and tissue donation is greater than ever

Surgeons performed more than 21,000 kidney transplants and 8,000 liver transplants in 2018, according the United Network for Organ Sharing.
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The need for organ, eye and tissue donation is greater than ever. The nonprofit Legacy of Life Hawaiʻi is the only organization designated by the federal government to recover organs and tissue for transplant. According to its data, 17 people die each day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant, while another person is added to the nation’s transplant waiting list every nine minutes.

In Hawaiʻi, about 350 people are waiting for life-saving transplants. The Conversation talked to Felicia Wells-Williams, the director of clinical services at Legacy of Life Hawaiʻi, and Dr. Linda Wong, a transplant surgeon at The Queen's Medical Center, to learn more.

This interview aired on The Conversation on April 26, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at
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