MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Would you donate your kidney to a stranger?

A growing number of people are willing to do just that. A Mayo Clinic survey of more than 1,000 Americans finds that nearly half would consider donating a kidney to someone they’ve never met.

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“This survey is very encouraging because it’s showing that there is a higher number of people that have a positive attitude towards donation,” said Dr. Mikel Prieto, surgical director of kidney transplantation at Mayo.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

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Dr. Prieto said that 84 percent would likely donate a kidney or a portion of their liver to a close friend or family member.

The numbers represent a sizable increase from a similar Gallup survey taken 12 years ago. The percentage of people supporting organ donation after death is also growing.

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All of this is encouraging news to the 118,000 people in the U.S. currently waiting for an organ transplant.