About kidney donation
Kidney donors are usually between 18 and 70 years of age and have blood and tissue types compatible with the recipient. They must be healthy and have excellent kidney function. Most often the living donor is a close relative of the recipient, though through Renewal, an increasing number of donors do not know their recipient. Donating a kidney will not cause illness or disease.
Live kidney donation typically offers the recipient:
A shorter wait for a new kidney.
A better match and less chance of rejection.
The ability to plan the surgery on an elective basis, rather than as an emergency procedure whenever a kidney becomes available.