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COVID-19 postpones organ donation process: 8-year-old needs kidney, but she's not waitlisted yet

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 18:15:40-04

TULSA, Okla. — At just eight years old, Seven Speights needs a kidney, but she is not on the waitlist yet.

There is an evaluation process, which was put on hold because of COVID-19. Otherwise, Speights' mother, Natalie Logan, believes her daughter would be on the list by now. They predict that will not happen until September or October.

Speights' organ-needing journey started in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was in full force. Speights experienced total renal failure and had to be life-flighted to the Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City. Speights was diagnosed with lupus and vasculitis.

LifeShare of Oklahoma reports that more than 600 Oklahomans are waiting on a transplant. Across the country, that number goes up to more than 110,000. About 80% of them need a kidney, which has an average waiting time of three to five years.

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