Commonly Asked Questions for Altruistic Donors

October 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Every facility has it’s own guidelines for donation.  Per the National Kidney Registry:

~   The following are generally-accepted requirements for living kidney donation:

~  good general health

~  normal kidney function

~  age 25 to 70 years (exceptions are made)

~  insurance coverage

~   Conditions that may exclude a person from becoming a living donor:

~  hypertension requiring medication

~  kidney disease

~  obesity (BMI > 35%)

~  certain infectious diseases, such as AIDS

~  some forms of diabetes

~  some forms of cancer

~  some forms of heart disease

~  ongoing drug abuse

~  some forms of hepatitis

~  some forms of psychiatric problems

~  kidney stones

 

·        Donor candidates will need to contact the Recipient’s transplant center if they know which one specifically.

·        People who would like to be altruistic donors in their local area (versus having to travel to the recipient transplant center), should contact the National Kidney Registry (NKR) website and register as a Altruistic donor.  Their information will then be sent to the nearest transplant facility.  They can do this at http://kidneyregistry.org/no_recipient.php

·        There are many Living Donor Assistance programs available to assist with various financial expenses.  I cannot vouch for any of these organizations, but you won’t know what kind of assistance Is available if you don’t look.  Google search it!

 

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