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Organ Donation and Asians, Native Hawaiians and
Other Pacific Islanders

Sharing Hope and Life
Ken Sutha image.

Ken Sutha
Atlanta, GA

After his transplant, Ken won three medals at the U.S. Transplant Games and now competes in triathlons.

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Shutong Hao and Matthew Mingin image.

Shutong Hao
New York, NY

Shutong’s donor, Matthew, saved other lives as well. One woman decided to become a donor when she heard Shutong’s story.

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Cardinal Stephen Kim image.

Cardinal Stephen
Sou-hwan Kim

Seoul, Korea

Cardinal Kim’s donation was an act of charity, fraternal love, and self-sacrifice.

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Asian, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander populations

Asians, and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders suffer significantly from kidney and liver disease. Asians are 5½ times more likely than Caucasians to develop hepatitis B and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are 7 times more likely to develop chronic liver disease and 3 times more likely to develop diabetes, increasing the risk of organ failure.

Asians, and Native
Hawaiians and Other
Pacific Islanders,
Donation, and Health
Learn the facts about donation

Does my religion allow donation? How do I talk to my family about my decision?
> Find answers to these and more questions

> Learn Why Minority Donors Are Needed

Health Issues for the Asian, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population

Learn about the health conditions that especially affect Asians, External Web Site Policy and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders External Web Site Policy. Take better care of your health to help prevent the need for transplantation.

In 2012:
  • 70%of Asians, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander transplant recipients received kidneys
  • 20%of Asian, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander transplant recipients received livers
  • 3%of all deceased donors were Asian, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
Waiting List Candidates by Ethnicity*

*Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).
Data as of May 10, 2013.

90%
of Asians, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders on the U.S. transplant list are waiting for a kidney. Pacific Islanders are 4 times more likely than Caucasians to be on the organ transplant waiting list.
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