If you have a loved one living with CKD, you may find yourself wondering what criteria need to be met to become a living donor for them. The experts at Satellite Healthcare are here to outline what it takes to be eligible to give your loved one the ultimate gift of a kidney donation.
A living donation happens when a living person gives an organ or a part of their organ to be transplanted into another person. Kidneys are the most commonly donated organ from living donors, although other organs and living tissues can also be donated.
When it comes to kidney donation, living donations have some distinct advantages over deceased donors' transplants. Some of these advantages include:
Typically, people who choose to be a living donor are family members like a parent, child, or sibling of the person in need of the donation. However, living donors do not need to be related to the recipient. Friends, spouses, and even strangers can donate.
In order to be a kidney donor, you must meet the following requirements:
It is also important to keep in mind that there are certain medical conditions that can leave you ineligible to donate. These health conditions include:
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