Jacksonville Transplant Alliance

Information provided by United Network for Organ Sharing, (UNOS), retrieved from https://unos.org/transplant/living-donation/

LIVING DONATION

Who can be a living donor?

  • Living donors should be in good overall physical and mental health and older than 18 years of age.
  • Some medical conditions could prevent you from being a living donor. Medical conditions that may prevent a living kidney donation may include uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, certain infections, or an uncontrolled psychiatric condition.
  • Since some donor health conditions could harm a transplant recipient, it is important that you share all information about your physical and mental health. You must be fully informed of the known risks involved with donating and complete a full medical and psychosocial evaluation. Your decision to donate should be completely voluntary and free of pressure or guilt.

To spare an individual patient a long and uncertain wait, relatives, loved ones, friends and even individuals who wish to remain anonymous may serve as living donors. In fact, nearly 7,000 transplants were made possible in 2018 by living donors.

 If you are considering living donation, it is critical to gather as much information as you can from various sources.

Image provided by American Transplant Foundation.