What is a living donor?
A living donor has given part of an organ (liver, lung or pancreas) or one kidney from his/her own living body for transplantation, usually to a family member. A living donor’s remaining kidney will do the work of two kidneys. Since kidneys are matched genetically, donation from a family member may be more successful than from an unrelated donor.
How can I become a living donor?
While OPOs coordinate donation after the donor’s death, living donations are coordinated by transplant centers with these types of programs. To learn more, talk to a transplant center that offers a living donor program in your area.
For first-hand experience to living donation, check out Amanda’s Donor Diary.