Making the decision to donate

If you are a family member or friend of a kidney patient and are thinking about becoming a living donor, there are some things to consider.


You are the only person who can decide if donation is right for you.

  • Learn all you can about the pros and cons of living donation.
  • Talk to people who have donated and received kidneys. The kidney patient’s transplant center may be able to connect you with others who can share their experiences.
  • Discuss your interest in being a living donor with your family and friends, and with the kidney patient, if you’re comfortable doing so.
  • If you feel ready to move forward, call a transplant center to let them know that you want to start the evaluation process. You can expect to do some paperwork and then they will schedule you for testing.

Most living donors say they were happy with the donation experience and that they would do it again. Many living donors report that donating was very meaningful for them.


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