Become a Living Kidney Donor

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Living Donor vs Deceased Donor

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Living or Deceased Kidney Donation

Who can be a Living Donor?

Relatives who may be able to become donors include your parents, brothers, sisters, and children who are over 18 years old. More distant relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and others can also donate. Also, BJH has successfully transplanted many kidneys from spouses or other people who are not related to you. If you have any questions about who could be a living donor for your, please ask your coordinator,

How long will a living donor kidney last?

The average living donor kidney will last 20 years. A living donor is able to give you 1 of their kidneys. This is because the human body can function in a normal way with 1 kidney. Many people are born with only 1 kidney and never even know it unless they have to have kidney X-rays.

Who Cover the donor’s testing expense?

All of the living donor’s testing is covered by the recipient’s insurance.

Living Donors

This is anyone who has an interest in donating a kidney to you. It can be a family, friend, or stranger.
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How can I reach deceased kidney donor?

If you don’t have a living donor, you will go on the national United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list for a kidney, kidney/pancreas, or pancreas transplant. This is the only option for pancreas transplant candidates (living pancreas donation is not available at our center).

How long will a deceased donor kidney last?

The average deceased donor kidney will last 10 years.

Which one to choose between Living or Deceased Donor?

We highly recommend that you think about living donors first.

Research shows the success rate several years after transplant is much greater with a living donor. You don’t have to wait for a deceased donor kidney, and you can schedule the surgery to meet you and your donor’s schedule. There is no long-term harm to the donor, who will have 1 kidney left after he or she donates.

Deceased Donors

This is a person who has offered to donate their organs at the time of death.
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How does deceased donor match with recipient happen?

Your blood typing and Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) tissue typing is needed to find a compatible donor for you. Your blood type and HLA tissue type is registered when you are placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list. When you are ACTIVE on the list, you are eligible for a possible transplant.

What is the waiting time to get a deceased donor?

Patients are chosen for a deceased donor kidney, kidney/pancreas or pancreas based on a point system set up and managed by UNOS. Points are given based on:

  • Your blood types
  • HLA tissue type
  • Antibodies
  • Time spent on the waiting list

Because of these factors, waiting times will vary from patient to patient and with each deceased donor.

How patients are chosen in the waiting list for deceased donor?

When a donated organ becomes available, a list of patients is made up from the UNOS database. It starts by matching the blood types. For example, if you are an O blood type you would only be matched with O deceased donors. When you have a living donor, different rules apply.

The patients on the top of that list have their medical history and testing reviewed by the transplant coordinator and the transplant surgeon. If your testing is not up to date, you could be passed over for the transplant. The surgeon will then tell the coordinator which patients will be admitted for the organ(s).

A Perfectly Matched deceased donor and recipient are the exception to this rule. A perfectly matched deceased donor organ(s) is first offered to that recipient no matter where they live or how long they have been on the waiting list.

All deceased donors are tested for 6 HLA tissue markers. A perfect match is when you match all of the 6 HLA tissue markers of the donor.

Matching Recipients with Deceased Donors

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