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Hospital appeals for more kidney donors

Nation faces shortage as 4,000 await transplants

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The country is running critically short of kidney donors, Ramathibodi Hospital's kidney transplant project says. 

Of the more than 40,000 people who suffer from chronic kidney disease, about 4,000 of them are awaiting a kidney transplant. But there are only about 400 kidneys available for transplant procedures each year, Dr Sophon Jirasiritham, chairman of Ramathibodi Hospital's kidney transplant project, said.

Although there is enough money and enough transplant specialists available for the required surgeries, the hospital is having difficulty attracting donors, he said.

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