Becoming a Living Donor Kidney

Becoming a Living Donor Kidney

Becoming a Living Kidney DonorWe get a lot of questions about becoming a Living Donor Kidney and although this is not a new or experimental procedure, many individuals simply do not know how to start or where to go. To help you understand the procedures a little bit better, we have compiled a list of topics that will guide you.

To begin with, there exist a couple of ways to register as an organ donor. This includes all organs, not just kidney donations.

Deceased Kidney Donor

The first way to help others is to register as a deceased organ donor and you accomplish this in several ways: your state drivers license provides an opportunity to register and to make your wishes known and some states have an online registry making the process even easier.

Living Kidney Donor

There are two types of donations available if you wish to participate in a Living Kidney Donation, the first being an altruistic organ donation. This means you do not know the person who would eventually be the recipient. You simply want to improve the life of somebody suffering and you can choose to remain anonymous or you might be moved by a story or the plight of someone you meet.

The common theme with altruistic donors is that they do not have a previous relationship with the patient. This donor simply wants to help.

The second type of donor is a friend or family member who knows their friend or loved one is in need of a kidney transplant and they too, want to help.

Family Help & Support

With either category, you begin your journey by speaking to your family about your decision. Hospitals take organ donation very seriously and although transplants have become routine at many facilities, the decision to donate an organ should be entered into with a clear mind and family support.

After this discussion takes place, your next step is to contact the kidney patient, or if you do not know the patient, contact the nearest Transplant Center in the area you live. If you have a patient in mind, they have to approve the transplant and I know of many patients who will not accept an organ from someone who doesn’t appear sincere or genuine.

It is the same with altruistic donors-the hospital staff have people to evaluate your request and it must be an authentic attempt to help somebody.

Financial Cost

Organ donors are not charged for medical costs incurred by their decision to donate an organ. Normally, the recipient’s insurance pays and if no insurance is available, the government has programs that cover these costs. Perhaps you will consider becoming a Living Kidney Donor.