Each year, 17,000 people receive a kidney transplant, but it's the number of people that don't receive one that is so astounding.
THAT number is about 17,000 people times FIVE, which is why news that scientists have made functioning rat kidneys at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is SO amazing!!!!
When the kidneys were transplanted into rats - they effectively produced urine for the rodents!
Normally rat urine isn't very exciting, but this could be a first step towards creating replacement organs for folks who suffer from kidney diseases.
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Gary Coleman underwent dialysis sessions three times a week to treat his congenital kidney disease and shortly after he slipped and hit his head leaving him with a one-inch gash.
His friend Jeremy Spence explained that Gary drove himself to the hospital and says:
"Dialysis had taken a lot out of him that day. He just wanted to go home, but he was pretty weak. He had no strength at all."
The fall caused intracranial bleeding and he slipped into a coma before being taken off of life support.
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