Understand the wait time.
Waiting for a kidney transplant can be a long and complex process. How long you wait for a healthy kidney often depends on where and when a suitable donor is found. Generally speaking, transplant happens sooner when you are able to receive a direct donation from a friend, relative, or someone else you know.
Another way to get a healthy kidney is to be put on the deceased kidney donation wait list. A healthy kidney is removed soon after the death of a person who agreed to be an organ donor. The healthy kidney is quickly matched to a recipient who has already been identified as a good candidate for transplant. More than 100,000 people are on the wait list for deceased organs. It can take 5 or more years to get the news that a kidney is available.
Support passage of the Living Donor Protection Act of 2021
In February, (S.377) Living Donor Protection Act of 2021 was introduced into the US Senate to propose a number of protections for living donors. The legislation:
Supported by a long list of organ transplant advocacy groups, passage of this legislation will go a long way to remove barriers which may stop people from becoming living donors.
Learn more about becoming a kidney donor
Learn more about kidney transplants here.