Lifesaving gifts are the best gifts of all. Donating a kidney can save a life.

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Why Choose to be a Living Kidney Donor?

Between 75-100 living kidney donor transplants are performed at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center each year. Often these donors are family members, but a growing number are friends or co-workers. There are also people who choose to donate a kidney without having a specific person in mind. Whether you have a recipient in mind or not, the decision to donate a kidney is a personal decision that is truly extraordinary.

For people with end-stage kidney disease there are only three options:

  1. Kidney transplant from a living donor (shortest wait time with best outcomes)
  2. Kidney transplant from a deceased donor (wait time could be years)
  3. Dialysis (not a cure, exhaustive and time-consuming)

Know the Facts of Living Kidney Donation

  • Donors do not have to be immediate family members. Gender and race are also not factors.
  • Donors are usually between 18–70 years of age, in good physical/mental health and free from uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and organ disease.
  • Hospital stay is generally two days and return to normal activity after four to six weeks.
  • Recipient insurance covers medical expenses of donation and follow-up care. Assistance programs are available for living donors to cover additional expenses like travel.
  • Living with one kidney does not put donors at excess risk of dying prematurely versus living with two kidneys.
  • All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation.

The decision to become a living donor is a voluntary one, and you may change your mind at any time during the process with your reasons kept confidential.

To request more information about living kidney donation from our team of experts, complete the form above.

About The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Since Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC) began in 1967, it has become a leading provider of lifesaving care and transplant research. From heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas and kidney-pancreas transplant procedures, Ohio State’s CTC ranks nationally in the top 15 transplant programs by volume in the U.S., averaging 450 transplants annually.

Also recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine as a top hospital caring for patients with kidney disease, Ohio State’s CTC is among the busiest kidney transplant programs in the region performing approximately 250 kidney transplants each year.