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Taking Action on Cultural Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Reema Garcha never hesitated when she knew her older sister Binn Johal would eventually need a kidney transplant. She was confident she would be a match, telling her sister, “Don’t worry, we’ve got this.” And on February 26, 2018, at St. Paul’s Hospital, after Johal had suffered from kidney failure for two decades, Garcha gave her a kidney.

Reema Garcha donated a kidney to her sister Binn Johal on February 26, 2018.

“Even three years later, I always get goosebumps,” says Garcha. “I still can’t believe science makes it possible to take out my organ and have it continue to function and thrive in my sister. It’s remarkable, and the best thing that could have ever happened to me in my life.”

The sisters had enthusiastic support from their family and friends as they underwent their journey with living kidney donation and transplant, but their experience is not always the case within the South Asian community.

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