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Donor Information

Choosing to donate a kidney and give the gift of life is one of the most meaningful things anyone can do. While it is not for everyone, it can be the closest thing to a miracle that anyone will ever experience.

Donor Information


Receiving a ‘living donation’ means: getting a kidney transplant from a ‘living’person instead of a deceased person. Usually this person is a relative, although it can be a friend, a coworker or even a stranger.
A kidney donated from a living donor typically works better and longer than a kidney from a donor who has died.

Who Can Be A Donor?

Those who are related to the transplant recipient make the best donors. This is because their blood type and tissues are usually similar – this is called “matching”.

Living donors can be:
* Siblings
* Parents
* Aunts and uncles
* Cousins
* Children – must be 18 or older, depending on the requirements of the transplant center.


Living donors who are not relatives but have a compatible blood type can also match, these include:
* Spouses
* Close friends
* Coworkers
* Altruistic individuals – also known as Good Samaritans

Nonrelated Living Donors
Altruistic Living Donor Programs match potential “Good Samaritian” donors with recipients awaiting transplants. There are two types of Altruistic donation: directed and nondirected.

In directed donations, the potential donor may know of someone who needs a kidney transplant.

In nondirected Altruistic donation, a donor offers a kidney to a person on a waiting list whom he/she does not know.

For more information about becoming a donor see:
www.LivingOrganDonor.org

Why would someone want to consider a living donation?
There are several reasons: ·
* A better success rate.
* A kidney donated by a relative is usually a better match, with a better chance for success.
* The transplant can happen almost simultaneously with very little loss of vitality to the organ.
* These kidneys usually have a longer life span and begin to function while the reciepient is still on the operating table.
* The recipient from a well-matched donor organ, is often able to take lower doses of antirejection drugs.
* Shorter wait time. Usually a recipient is on a waiting list for 3 – 5 years for a deceased donor.
* More time to prepare. While on a waiting list for a deceased donor, the recipient never knows when a kidney will become available or when the surgery will happen. With a living donor, surgery can be scheduled ahead of time, and avoiding the stress related to being on a waiting list
* Living donations help to avoid the complications of prolonged dialysis.
* Both the recipient & donor can prepare to be in the best of health
* Frees up the waiting list, and allows more people on the list for whom a living donor is not available.

Why don’t more people consider living donations?


Some of the reasons include: ·
* They don’t know it is an option
* It all seems too complicated ·
* They are afraid to ask someone to donate a kidney
* They are concerned that it may affect the donor’s health


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