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Iran: Over 50% of kidney donors under 26

Human kidneys viewed from behind with spine removed

TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (Mehr News Agency) - More than 50% of kidney donors in the country are between the ages of 25 and 26, managing director of Iranian Kidney Foundation said here on Saturday.

"Recent studies have shown that nearly 70% of the country's population aged between 20 and 44 are affected by kidney diseases," Heshem Qasemi said, lamenting the fact that renal diseases annually decline Iranian life expectancy by about one million years.

He referred to the maximum age of 35 to donate kidney, and explained that kidney patients have been usually waiting between one and four months for transplants.

According to Qasemi, kidney sales accounts for over 95% of all kidney transplants in Iran.

Patients who are awaiting kidney transplants are pleading with more and more people to sign up as organ donors, Qasemi added.

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