• Forsyth County man starts website to promote organ donation


    FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - A Forsyth County man started a website to educate people on the need for organ and tissue donations.

    Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Persuad's kidneys have stopped working properly. In order to live, he must drive to dialysis three days a week.

    "Just to be thrown that curveball, 'you need to be put on dialysis,' it was a shock," said Persuad.

    In 2008, he received a donor kidney, but it's starting to fail.

    "It's been a mere five years since I had my transplant, but I'm grateful for those five years I had my life back," said Persuad.

    He joined a national list to receive a kidney, but that could take years.

    "There are 100,000 people in the United States on the transplant list, a little over 3,800 in Georgia. We need to address this, and I need to take advantage of this opportunity."

    So, Persuad created the website AndrewNeedsAKidney.com. He hopes a live donor will come forward.

    The website is filled with information on the importance of organ and tissue donation. It shows you how you can sign up to be a donor for Andrew or someone else.

    "Friends are sharing it, families sharing it, so it's going out all over the country," said Persuad. 

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